Prevalence, reasons, and forms of use of legal highs by internet-based survey participants.
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I Zakład Medycyny Rodzinnej, Uniwersytet Medyczny w Łodzi
Przemyslaw Kardas   

I Zakład Medycyny Rodzinnej, Uniwersytet Medyczny w Łodzi, ul. Narutowicza 60, 90-136 Łódź, Polska
Submission date: 2013-03-23
Final revision date: 2013-07-23
Acceptance date: 2013-07-26
Publication date: 2013-12-16
Psychiatr Pol 2013;47(6):1143–1155
The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence, causes and forms of use of mind boosters in Poland.

This study was based on an original questionnaire, and was carried out on the internet before banning of mind boosters in Poland.

The study covered 3013 people, aged 24.7 + / - 6.9, of which 9.3% admitted to use mind boosters (6.5% of women, and 14.7% of men , P < 0.01). The highest percentage of mind boosters users was in age groups of 19-25 years (10.6%). Most people taking mind boosters did so less than 1 time per month (71.8%). The most common reasons for taking mind boosters were curiosity (46.4%), the desire to have fun (26.8%), and to improve the well-being (10.7%). Mind boosters were most often used during meetings with friends (68.9% of cases), and social events (52.1%). The majority of their users adopted the other risky behaviors: 56.4% took them with alcohol, 86.4% tried narcotics at least once, and 13.9% decided to try narcotics after trying mind boosters.

1. Among respondents to the online survey 9.3% admitted to use legal highs. 2. A typical profile of a legal high user is a young man, using them out of curiosity, to improve the well-being or just for fun, usually in social situations. 3. Initiatives undertaken to reduce the use of legal highs have to consider its social context.