Use of Psychoactive Drugs and Sexual Risk Behavior among Nightclub and Festival Attendees
Funded by: Center for Drug Use and HIV Research
Project dates: April 2015 - October 2016
Principal Investigator: Palamar, Joseph

The aim of this study was to rapidly identify use of new drugs, correlates of use, and potential sexual risk behavior resulting from use, using sentinel surveillance at a scene at highest risk for use. The study captured a snapshot of prevalence of lifetime and current drug use – particularly new and emerging psychoactive drug use – in a large sample of young adults attending nightclubs and dance festivals in NYC. The association between use of various, or new, psychoactive drugs and risky sexual behavior was examined in this cohort of nightclub and dance festival attendees.

Related Publications
Palamar JJ, Le A, Cleland CM, Keyes KM (2023).
Trends in drug use among nightclub and festival attendees in New York City, 2017-2022
International Journal of Drug Policy, 115, 104001. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2023.104001. PMCID: PMC10164102.

Palamar JJ, Fitzgerald ND, Keyes KM, Cottler LB (2021).
Drug checking at dance festivals: A review with recommendations to increase generalizability of findings
Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 29 (3), 229-235. doi: 10.1037/pha0000452. PMCID: PMC8282667.

Palamar JJ, Acosta P, Cleland CM (2020).
The influence of viewing a headline about ecstasy/Molly adulteration on future intentions to use
Journal of Substance Use, 25 (1), 95-100. doi: 10.1080/14659891.2019.1664660. PMCID: PMC7590971.

Palamar JJ, Acosta P, Cleland CM (2019).
Planned and unplanned drug use during a night out at an electronic dance music party
Substance Use and Misuse, 54 (6), 885-893. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2018.1529186. PMCID: PMC6476644.

Palamar JJ, Salomone A, Cleland CM, Sherman S (2019).
Willingness to provide a hair sample for drug testing among electronic dance music party attendees
Substance Abuse, 40 (1), 116-123. doi: 10.1080/08897077.2018.1469106. PMCID: PMC6202259.

Palamar JJ, Le A, Cleland CM (2018).
Nonmedial opioid use among electronic dance music party attendees in New York City
Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 186, 226-232. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.03.001. PMCID: PMC5911182.

Palamar JJ, Griffin-Tomas M, Acosta P, Ompad DC, Cleland CM (2018).
A comparison of self-reported sexual effects of alcohol, marijuana, and ecstasy in a sample of young adult nightlife attendees
Psychology and Sexuality, 9 (1), 54-68. doi: 10.1080/19419899.2018.1425220. PMCID: PMC5801767.

Fernandez-Calderon F, Cleland CM, Palamar JJ (2018).
Polysubstance use profiles among electronic dance music party attendees in New York City and their relation to use of new psychoactive substances
Addictive Behaviors, 78, 85-93. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.11.004. PMCID: PMC5783759.

Palamar JJ (2018).
What’s in a name? Correlates of ecstasy users knowing or agreeing that Molly is ecstasy/MDMA
Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 50 (1), 88-93. doi: 10.1080/02791072.2017.1369200. PMCID: PMC5862755.

Palamar JJ, Salomone A, Gerace E, Di Corcia D, Vincenti M, Cleland CM (2017).
Hair testing to assess both known and unknown use of drugs amongst ecstasy users in the electronic dance music scene
International Journal of Drug Policy, 48, 91-98. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2017.07.010. PMCID: PMC5601020.

Palamar JJ, Acosta P, Cleland CM (2018).
Attitudes and beliefs about new psychoactive substance use among electronic dance music party attendees
Substance Use and Misuse, 53 (3), 381-390. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2017.1327980. PMCID: PMC5766408.

Palamar JJ, Acosta P, Calderon FF, Sherman S, Cleland CM (2017).
Assessing self-reported use of new psychoactive substances: The impact of gate questions
American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 43 (5), 609-617. doi: 10.1080/00952990.2017.1322094. PMCID: PMC5660869.

Salomone A, Palamar JJ, Gerace E, Di Corcia D, Vincenti M (2017).
Hair testing for drugs of abuse and new psychoactive substances in a high-risk population
Journal of Analytical Toxicology, 41 (5), 376-385. doi: 10.1093/jat/bkx020. PMCID: PMC5427665.

Palamar JJ, Acosta P, Sherman S, Ompad DC, Cleland CM (2016).
Self-reported use of novel psychoactive substances among attendees of electronic dance music venues
American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 42 (6), 624-632. doi: 10.1080/00952990.2016.1181179. PMCID: PMC5093056.