NRSG 138 Percentage of Music Attendee Consuming Illicit Drugs: Article Review Assessment 3 Answer
Use of illicit is always considered as extremely for the users and in the recent years, consumption of illicit drugs has increased significantly among the youths of Australia (Degengardt et al., 2016). In the article, authors have cited the problems regarding the high percentage of music attendee in the country who are involved in consuming illicit drugs. Although, the country, there has been provisions of drug testing during the music festival, however, their effectiveness is under doubts. The drug testing is done mainly to make the addicts aware about the presence of harmful chemicals in their drugs and in the process of harm reduction.
Although all the authors of this article are from medical background, however, except the first author, others do not have the expertise in the field of harm reduction. Therefore, even if their article has been justified with the quantitative data, yet proper methods of harm reduction have not been discussed in the article (Day et al., 2018). This article is mainly based on the research about the analysis on the perception of the music festival attendee on the drug testing. The strengths come in the fact that due to their knowledge in the medical field, they have been able to provide details about the presence of harmful chemicals in the cannabis and other drugs.
In this article, focus has been only given on the issues of the music attendee who are involved in intake of drugs. However, the perceptions of other general people who are involved in intake of drugs have not been collected. This can result in the conflicts on the results that have been identified through the research.
The research questions that can be analyzed from this paper are as following:
- What are the purposes of drug testing in the musical festivals in Australia?
- How does the drug addict get benefited with the drug testing?
- What are the perceptions of the drug addicts on the drug testing in music festivals in Australia?
- How can the policies of drug testing can be changed and improved in Australia?
Research aim or hypothesis:
The aim of the research is to conduct the investigation on the use of drugs among the attendees of music festival in Australia, their perception on the drug checking conducted at the music festivals and the impact of the drug checking on the behaviour of the users (Day et al., 2016).
According to the perception of the authors, this research can be extremely useful to contribute on the debate about the role of drug checking and its contribution for the young drug addicts in Australia.
This research made use of the both primary and secondary data. In case of primary data, quantitative method has been used to collect the perception of the target groups of people on the drug checking (Brunt et al., 2017). This research design can be justified from the fact that the participations have been taken based on the research and the quantitative data have helped in finding the actual differences on their perception on the topic.
In the process of data collection, the data was taken in a musical festival of 2 days and the participants were between the ages of 18 to 30. The data was collected with the help of survey questions and the surveys were made at the daytime to avoid the perception from the participants in their intoxicated state. This can be justified as the research required original perception of the participants. Along with this, the age group that was selected for the data collection is apt with the research. However, the limitation can be in the form of the quantity of the participants. The data were mostly collected from the female group whereas, in Australia, the male population are much more addicted to drugs compared to female. Therefore, the quality of the data can be doubtful for the research (Roxburgh et al., 2017).
Results and limitations:
The results that have collected from the surveys are based on the perception of the particular groups of drug addicts. There are many drug addicts who are not attendees of the music festivals and their perceptions have not been collected about the service of drug testing (Gjerde et al., 2019). However, the limited data that have been analyzed have helped in providing quality results and show the inefficiency in the present processes of drug testing in the country.
The limitations impact the result in the fact that if more data could have been collected then the justifications would have been done in a better way.
A team of future health professionals, the interest has been generated to learn about the drug testing at music festivals. It has been learnt that the music festivals are used as medium of circulate illegal drugs and the Emily’s mother is concerned about her when she has desired to attend a music festival in Melbourne. The festival is being held this weekend. The survey is being conducted by three persons namely myself, Robert and Jackson.
The team members approach various teenagers, the music festival managers and other persons present there in order to know about the circulation of illicit drug among the teenagers. It has also been learnt that some drug testing is carried out at such festivals (Groves, 2018). For the purpose of collecting the evidence, the team prepares a questionnaire containing the age, sex, attitude towards drugs, its harms and testing etc. The team approaches any person at random from the crowd and presents the questionnaire for obtaining responses. The responses are recorded in writing and after collection of about 100 sample responses, the same are analysed to find the result.
It has been found that there are chances of more use of illicit drug by the persons who attend the music festivals. It has also been found that the especially teenagers have been affected due to hyperthermia, hyponatraemia, seizures, rhabdomyolysis etc. and the deaths are also not uncommon (Liamis, Flippatos & Elisaf, 2016). The survey found that there more chances of festival goers to get affected with the drug abuse. For the purpose of preventing harms there are also provisions for on-site checking of drug interventions and this practice is valid in various parts of the country. It has further found that the drug checking creates the awareness among the masses and circulation of drugs gets reduced to some extent. The survey found that people of age group 16-25 were interested for the drug checking. It is matter of fact that female has been more susceptible to the drugs and they have disclosed the use of cannabis, cocaine, etc. In response of attitude questions, the respondent replied that the drug testing at music festivals should be free of cost. It has been intended for unintentional use of illicit drugs. It is strongly said that there is great controversy among the respondents due to their upbringing or other reasons and but it is can be strongly said the all the measure should be adopted to bring the awareness among the teenagers and reduce the harmful effects of the drugs.
Authors through the survey conducted in the research, identified that drug dealers make use of the drug testing to have control in the quality of drugs and on the other hand, many drug addicts are reluctant on participating in drug testing due to the costs that they have to bear.