LITHUANIA – RESEARCH
More than a third of nightclub-goers have tried drugs at least once, according to a survey by the Lithuanian Department for Drug, Tobacco and Alcohol Control released on Tuesday. According to the survey, 36.6% of nightclub-goers have used drugs at least once in their life. More than half of those who had used drugs in the past month said they had done so within the past 24 hours.
It turned out that men were more likely to use drugs than women, and that the prevalence of drug use among nightclub patrons was several times higher than among the general population.
The most popular drug in Lithuania was cannabis, tried by 36.6% of the respondents. MDMA (Ecstasy) was used at least once in a lifetime by 16.5%, cocaine or crack by 12.9%, amphetamine or methamphetamine by 11.7%, LSD by 11.3%, and hallucinogenic mushrooms by 10.3%.
It was also noted that drug use among visitors to entertainment venues at least once in their lives last year was lower than in 2018, but higher than in 2013 and in most cases higher than in 2008.
In addition, according to the survey, almost half of those surveyed also use other products containing tobacco or nicotine on a daily basis, with higher rates among men.
The survey was conducted from 13 June to 17 July last year among 503 nightclub and bar patrons in Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda and Šiauliai. Similar surveys were conducted in 2008, 2013 and 2018.