Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
Home

Polydrug Use in a Population of Young Italian Adults

  • M. Corbo (a1), R. Santacroce (a1), E. Cinosi (a1), F. Sarchione (a1), T. Acciavatti (a1), M. Lupi (a1), S. Marini (a1), F. Fiori (a1), L. Di Tizio (a1), S. Dezi (a1), G. D'ascanio (a1), G. Martinotti (a1) and M. Di Giannantonio (a1)...

Abstract

Introduction

Polydrug use is mostly common among adolescents and young adults, often with the intention of enhancing or counteracting the effects of another drug. It significantly increases the risks, due to drug synergy and increased side effects.

Objectives

We investigated the prevalence of polydrug users in a population of Italian young adults using a specifically designed questionnaire.

Aims

We aimed to assess the prevalence of polydrug abusers in a large sample of general population, and also to identify possible associations between alcohol misuse (e.g., binge drinking behaviours) and polydrug use.

Methods

We administered the questionnaire to a sample of 3000 subjects, aged 18 to 26, investigating socio-economic characteristics, alcohol abuse (with a specific focus on binge drinking) and use of psychoactive substances (cannabis, cocaine and Novel Psychoactive Substances-NPS). Collected data underwent statistical analyses.

Results

80.5% of the sample habitually consumed alcoholic beverages. Among alcohol consumers, 34.2% used cannabis, 5.4% cocaine, 3.7% NPS, and 79,2% had binge drinking behaviours. Among those who did not consume alcohol, 4% used cannabis, 0.4% used cocaine, and 0% used NPS. Polydrug use was more common among binge drinkers. 35.6% of cocaine abusers also used NPS, in comparison to 1.4% of non-abusers.

Conclusions

According to scientific literature, alcohol and cocaine are the substances most commonly involved in risky polydrug use. Binge drinking and NPS appear to ben involved in polydrug use too. The combined effects of the different drugs need to be considered in identifying an appropriate and timely intervention strategy

    • Send article to Kindle

      To send this article to your Kindle, first ensure no-reply@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about sending to your Kindle. Find out more about sending to your Kindle.

      Note you can select to send to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be sent to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

      Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

      Polydrug Use in a Population of Young Italian Adults
      Available formats
      ×

      Send article to Dropbox

      To send this article to your Dropbox account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your <service> account. Find out more about sending content to Dropbox.

      Polydrug Use in a Population of Young Italian Adults
      Available formats
      ×

      Send article to Google Drive

      To send this article to your Google Drive account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your <service> account. Find out more about sending content to Google Drive.

      Polydrug Use in a Population of Young Italian Adults
      Available formats
      ×

Copyright

Polydrug Use in a Population of Young Italian Adults

  • M. Corbo (a1), R. Santacroce (a1), E. Cinosi (a1), F. Sarchione (a1), T. Acciavatti (a1), M. Lupi (a1), S. Marini (a1), F. Fiori (a1), L. Di Tizio (a1), S. Dezi (a1), G. D'ascanio (a1), G. Martinotti (a1) and M. Di Giannantonio (a1)...

Metrics

Altmetric attention score

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between <date>. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed.

Polydrug Use in a Population of Young Italian Adults

  • M. Corbo (a1), R. Santacroce (a1), E. Cinosi (a1), F. Sarchione (a1), T. Acciavatti (a1), M. Lupi (a1), S. Marini (a1), F. Fiori (a1), L. Di Tizio (a1), S. Dezi (a1), G. D'ascanio (a1), G. Martinotti (a1) and M. Di Giannantonio (a1)...
Submit a response

Comments

No Comments have been published for this article.

×

Reply to: Submit a response


Your details


Conflicting interests

Do you have any conflicting interests? *