2010

Authors

  • Janie Sheridan Janie Sheridan
  • Karen McMillan Karen McMillan
  • Amanda Wheeler Amanda Wheeler
  • Cherie Lovell Cherie Lovell
  • Mildred Lee Mildred Lee
  • Shanthi Ameratunga Shanthi Ameratunga

There are increasing concerns regarding the risks of injury associated with methamphetamine use. The aim of this study was to explore whether it would be feasible to collect data at a one-day music festival, to investigate whether the sample included methamphetamine users, and whether they represented a sample that might yield information on methamphetamine use and injury. An anonymous, self-completion questionire was administered to individuals waiting to enter a 1-day music festival in Auckland, New Zealand in 2005. Of the 401 individuals approached, 188 successfully completed the questionire. Forty-two respondents reported using methamphetamine in the last 12 months. Whilst reports of injury in the previous 12 months were not high, information was obtained on a range of injuries occurring in the context of persol drug use or clandestine manufacture. The research methodology successfully recruited participants and collected information that, if replicated in a larger study, could quantify the relationships between drug-related behaviour and injury. This prelimiry study suggests important public health implications of methamphetamine use.