[Air-l] Drug-user online forums

Peter Timusk ptimusk at sympatico.ca
Tue May 2 18:18:11 PDT 2006


Hi I find drug users and others coming into Narcotics Anonymous chats  
at yahoo. But here the object is to not use drugs. But I suppose your  
aware of this. There are a number of high people coming into these  
rooms for support in quitting drug use.


On 2-May-06, at 9:09 PM, Monica Barratt wrote:

> Thanks Monica,
>
> Over the last few years, there has been an increase in the number  
> of drug
> studies that utilise websites and web-based surveys to collect data on
> illicit drug use (similar trend across other health and social  
> behaviours) -
> the work at Northumbria is good example of this.
>
> I'm more interested in exploring how drug users are using the  
> internet, for
> example, sharing information and experiences at www.bluelight.ru and
> www.pillreports.com . Dance music and 'lifestyle' online forums  
> also tend to
> have drug-related content (though not in such an open way as  
> bluelight and
> pillreports). It appears that some people post questions and share
> information in order to change their drug behaviours so that they  
> will have
> a better time, whilst decreasing risks/harms, in a peer environment.
>
> I would love to hear any comments, ideas, that anyone has on this  
> topic! to
> my knowledge there has not been research conducted in this area -  
> I'm keen
> to know whether I have missed this research if it has been conducted.
>
> Regards,
> Monica
>
> Monica Barratt
> PhD Candidate
> National Drug Research Institute
> Curtin University
> GPO Box U1987
> PERTH  WA  6845
> t: +61 8 9266 2735
> f: +61 8 9266 1611
> m: +61 407 778 938
> e: monica.barratt at postgrad.curtin.edu.au
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org
> [mailto:air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org] On Behalf Of mwhitty
> Sent: Tuesday, 2 May 2006 9:22 PM
> To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
> Subject: Re: [Air-l] Scholarly databases for internet studies?
>
>
> There has been similar work conducted at Northumbria:
>
> http://www.hcnu.com/drugsPub.html
>
> Monica
>
> Dr. Monica Whitty
> Queen's University Belfast
> School of Psychology
> David Keir Building
> Northern Ireland
> BT7 1NN
> Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 5654
> Email: m.whitty at qub.ac.uk
> http://www.psych.qub.ac.uk/staff/teaching/whitty/profile/
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org
> [mailto:air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org] On Behalf Of Monica Barratt
> Sent: 02 May 2006 10:31
> To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
> Subject: [Air-l] Scholarly databases for internet studies?
>
> Hello,
>
> I've just started my PhD and am investigating a topic a little  
> outside my
> usual field - which is illicit drug studies from a multidisciplinary
> perspective (psych, sociology, epidemiology, public health, etc). I'm
> looking into online forums where drugs are discussed - the working  
> title is
> currently "Exploring online drug discussion groups: the experiences  
> and
> perspectives of 'networked' recreational drug users"
>
> I was wondering if there is a scholarly database specifically for  
> internet
> studies, or alternatively, what databases would you recommend I  
> access when
> trying to find literature pertaining to specifically to online  
> forums (and
> internet studies more generally). For example, I'm looking to  
> review methods
> and ethical approaches among a cross-section of studies where  
> online forums
> have been used as a data source to inform my own work - I've found  
> material
> by browsing relevant journals and picking up citations whilst  
> reading more
> materials, but it's not particularly systematic!
>
> Thanks in advance for your assistance,
> monica
>
>
> Monica Barratt
> PhD Candidate
> National Drug Research Institute
> Curtin University
> GPO Box U1987
> PERTH  WA  6845
> t: +61 8 9266 2735
> f: +61 8 9266 1611
> m: +61 407 778 938
> e:  <mailto:monica.barratt at postgrad.curtin.edu.au>
> monica.barratt at postgrad.curtin.edu.au
>
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