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Table 4 Attitudes towards pill testing in 2017 (N = 760)

From: Patterns of ecstasy use amongst live music event attendees and their opinions on pill testing: a cross sectional study

  Total
%
People who use illicit drug
%
People who do not use illicit drug
%
Chi-square, dfb, p-
Value
Comparison data 2016a Percent
Pill testing should be provided for free at live music events (n = 756)c,d
 Not at all 2.9 3.0 2.5 χ = 25.72,df = 3, p < 0.001 Not at all/ a little 11.8
 A little 2.4 1.7 5.7   
 Somewhat 15.5 13.1 27.9 Somewhat/ a lot 86.2
 A lot 79.2 82.2 63.9    
Pill testing should be provided at a cost at live music events (n = 754)c,d,e
 Not at all 38.9 37.8 44.6 χ = 4.0, df = 3, p = 0.26 Not at all/ a little 32.5
 A little 22.8 22.6 24.0   
 Somewhat 25.1 26.4 18.2 Somewhat/ a lot 67.5
 A lot 13.3 13.3 13.2    
Pill testing services could help drug users seek help to reduce harmd(n = 743)
 Not at all 2.4 2.2 3.3 χ = 18.20,df = 3, p < 0.001 Not at all/ a little 13.5
 A little 3.2 2.7 5.8   
 Somewhat 19.1 16.9 30.8 Somewhat/ a lot 86.5
 A lot 75.2 78.2 60.0    
Pill testing services should be combined with harm reduction advice (n = 753)d
 Not at all 3.2 3.2 3.3 χ = 0.22,df = 3, p = 0.975 Not at all/ a little 15.1
 A little 8.4 8.4 8.3   
 Somewhat 25.9 25.6 27.5 Somewhat/ a lot 84.9
 A lot 62.5 62.9 60.8    
Drug sellers may use the service as a quality control mechanism (n = 751)
 Not at all 10.5 10.2 12.4 χ = 4.73,df = 3, p < 0.192 Not at all/ a little 31.4
 A little 16.6 15.9 20.7   
 Somewhat 30.4 29.8 33.1 Somewhat/ a lot 68.6
 A lot 42.5 44.1 33.9    
I would be more likely to take illicit drugs at a music festival if pill testing services were present (n = 750)
 Not at all 25.3 23.5 35.3 χ = 15.46,df = 3, p = 0.001  
 A little 18.0 17.4 21.0   
 Somewhat 24.7 24.4 26.1   
 A lot 32.0 34.7 17.6    
  1. a Source: Day et al, 2018 [21]; bdf degrees of freedom; cIn 2016, the word ‘festivals’ was used instead of ‘live music event’; d In 2016, the words ‘drug checking services’ was used instead of ‘pill testing services’; e In 2016, the question was worded as follows: “If not free, drug checking services should be provided AT-COST at festivals”