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Current Psychoactive Research
Seeking Volunteers
The following is a list of current research studies that are seeking volunteers. Although Erowid attempts to screen out bogus or extremely poorly designed research, inclusion here does not suggest that the research is endorsed by Erowid.

Before deciding to participate in any research project read accompanying information carefully. Check whether the research is sponsored by a university or some organization you trust not to misuse the information you provide. See if they have clear privacy statements and whether the research protocol has been reviewed by an Institutional Review Board (IRB).

August 2016 to August 2017 #
An Examination of Motives, Consequences, and Risk Behaviors Associated with MDMA use
Organization: Palo Alto University
Principal Investigator: Nancy Haug Ph.D.
Other Investigators: James Sottile M.S.
Approved by IRB: Yes: Palo Alto University Institutional Review Board
Type: Online Survey
Funded by: Dissertation funds from Palo Alto University
Location: Online
Paid Participation: No / Participants are offered an opportunity to enter their e-mail address at the end of the survey to be entered into a lottery drawing with a 1 in 25 chance of winning a gift card.
Travel Expenses: No


MDMA is increasingly being used in the context of electronic music events and other settings. Previous research suggests that individuals choose to use MDMA for many different reasons (e.g., forget problems, feel good, fit in, musical enhancement).

The research team is interested in studying MDMA use behaviors in order to gain an understanding of the factors that influence MDMA experiences. We will collect survey responses to assess motives for MDMA use, harm reduction behaviors and consequences of use.

Inclusion Criteria
  1. 1. Must be 18 or over.
  2. 2. Must have used MDMA at least once.
  3. 3. Must consent to participation via web form.
November 2015 to November 2016 #
Enhancing Targeted Opioid Harm Reduction Efforts Through
No Current dedicated URL
Organization: New York University School of Medicine Langone Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Lewis Nelson, MD
Other Investigators: Jeanmarie Perrone, MD; Rachel Wightman, MD; Meisel Z; Erowid E; Erowid F; Thyssen S.
Approved by IRB: Yes: NYU School of Medicine Langone Medical Center Office of Science and Research Institutional Review Board
Type: Online Survey
Funded by: Medical Toxicology Foundation Research Award: Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Grant and Erowid General Budget
Location: / online
Paid Participation: No
Travel Expenses: No


Prescription opioid misuse accounts for epidemic levels of morbidity and mortality in the United States and around the world. Many individuals who misuse opioids or are considering nonmedical use turn to online resources to gather information on opioid effects, availability, formulations, administration, and safety.

The research team, who are experts on prescription opioid abuse and addiction with diverse perspectives, will identify relevant material to supplement the existing Erowid Opioid Vaults through consensus opinion and evaluation of current web-based content on opioid abuse and the medical literature.

We will conduct surveys to assess interest and knowledge about opioid medications and illicit drugs. We will try different methods of inviting visitors to learn about risks of opioid use.

Inclusion Criteria
  1. Must be 18 or over.
  2. Must consent to participation via web form.