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There are also definitional inconsistencies. Many studies use terms (such as problem drug users, dependent and recreational drug use) whose definitions are contested and vary between studies. For example, Holloway and Bennett (2004) refer to high rate users, whom they define as using an illicit drug on at least 15 out of the last 30 days. , 2007). Other studies rely on individuals’ own definitions of their drug use, particularly in terms of dependence (for example, Lister and Wincup, Chapter 3 this volume).
While the public setting minimizes the degree of risk experienced by researchers, the lack of privacy potentially compromised the quality of the interview data. Often, interviews did not take place because court dates had been changed, defendants failed to appear or appeared when researchers were interviewing others, or defendants needed to speak with other professionals such as legal advisers and probation staff. Using court buildings as the forum to gain consent from individuals to be interviewed also has obvious disadvantages.
Fifth, use of some legal and prescribed drugs mask the use of illegal drugs and render results invalid. , 2000). This has particular implications for individuals who manage to reduce their drug use but not stop it completely: they may feel that it is not worth the effort because they continue to test positive and face the consequences of this. The accuracy of the tests is also doubtful in the sense that they have high cut-off levels so that individuals can potentially continue to use while testing negative.