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“Bump and grind”: an exploratory study of Mephedrone users' perceptions of sexuality and sexual risk

Dr Marie Claire Van Hout (Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland)
Rebekah Brennan (Addiction Training Institute, Dublin, Ireland)

Drugs and Alcohol Today

ISSN: 1745-9265

Article publication date: 17 June 2011

Abstract

Purpose

This exploratory research aims to contribute to a greater understanding of the strategic roles and incidental or deliberate sex drug associations relating to an emerging club drug called Mephedrone.

Design/methodology/approach

A qualitative phenomenological approach was utilized to analyze 22 in depth interviews in order to describe users' perceptions of this drug's impact on their sexual ideation and practises, while under the influence.

Findings

The finds that disinhibition involving compulsive masturbation, homosexual fantasies in heterosexuals, propositioning of strangers, promiscuity, prolonged marathon drug‐sex encounters involving casual/multiple partners and unsafe sexual practices [UAS/UVS] were all common, with gender differences present in terms of perceived connectivity with partners.

Originality/value

The research underscores the need for greater public health awareness and targeted drug‐sex interventions.

Keywords

Citation

Claire Van Hout, M. and Brennan, R. (2011), "“Bump and grind”: an exploratory study of Mephedrone users' perceptions of sexuality and sexual risk", Drugs and Alcohol Today, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 93-103. https://doi.org/10.1108/17459261111174046

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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