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John Campbell.  Changes in recreational drug use  The internet and forums as a source of information  Opportunities for engagement  How it could work.

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1 John Campbell

2  Changes in recreational drug use  The internet and forums as a source of information  Opportunities for engagement  How it could work in practice

3  Early 90’s = E, acid, speed and jellies (poppers)  Mid 90’s =E, acid, speed, alcohol (heroin?)  Late 90’s = cocaine, alcohol, E and blues  Mid 00’s = cocaine, alcohol, E, blues and legals  2010 = Cocaine, alcohol, E, blues, advanced legals and research chemicals

4  Buying drugs  Selling drugs  Researching drugs  Discussing effects and sharing experiences different people want different things

5  What will sell  What is profitable  How available it is  What form to bring to market

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8  What’s available  What it costs  How and how much to take  What to expect  Interactions How will they get this information?

9 “an information hub of high standards and a platform where people can freely discuss recreational drugs in a mature manner” Drugs Forum Additional sites for PIEDs

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11  RC = research chemical  LH = legal high  IL = illegal legal  Bomb = swallow in a cigarette paper  Bump = small pile for snorting  Plug = rectal administration  Rail = intravenous injection  SWIM = someone who isn't me  AFOAF = a friend of a friend  TR = trip report

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21 “Well, severe nausea, vomiting, anxiety and hallucinations, this does really fit with mdpv” “The third version of ivory wave (red packaging) seems to be even more of a problem than the previous ones” “It will be interesting to know if this is caused by MDPV” “MDPV must still be the most likely culprit”

22  Normalises risky drug taking  Not all advice given is good  Encourages experimentation  Gives a false sense of security  No guarantee forum members are of age

23  A massive group of current users  Prepared to share experiences and knowledge  Opportunity to skill the workforce  A chance to share harm reduction information

24 Forum Administrator Forum members/drug users Questions from professionals Respected drug Information services Questions to professionals HealthPolice, government Ivory wave scenario

25  Why do you think this is happening?  Any change in cutting agents?  Realistic alternatives to injecting?  Review of information materials  Online dissemination of materials

26 Final thought Facebook was launched in February 2004 it now has more than 500 million active users


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