Development and evaluation of a social marketing campaign to address methamphetamine use in Los Angeles County

Posted on 23.09.2022 - 03:27
Abstract Background This study describes the development and impact of a social marketing campaign in early 2020 intended to prevent and reduce methamphetamine use in Los Angeles County (LAC). We used social marketing principles and the transtheoretical model to design the campaign, which was intended to avoid stigmatization of methamphetamine users and communicate compassion, empathy, and support. Methods To evaluate its impact, we collected cross-sectional online survey data post-campaign (n = 1,873) from LAC residents in population segments considered higher risk for methamphetamine use. We examine associations between campaign exposure and outcomes using bivariate analyses and binary logistic regression models, which control for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on methamphetamine use or likelihood of use. Results The analyses revealed that campaign exposure was associated with having more negative attitudes toward methamphetamine, calling LAC’s substance abuse service helpline, using methamphetamine fewer days, and considering abstaining. Frequency of exposure to campaign advertisements was positively associated with calling the helpline, suggesting a campaign dose effect. COVID-19-related factors were associated with using methamphetamine in the past 30 days. Conclusions Social marketing campaigns hold promise for impacting methamphetamine prevention and cessation behaviors. This study adds to the limited literature on mass marketing interventions to address this major health issue.

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Neffa-Creech, Deborah; Plant, Aaron; Montoya, Jorge A.; Oruga, Rangell; Kilgore, Elizabeth A.; Fraser, Renee; et al. (2022): Development and evaluation of a social marketing campaign to address methamphetamine use in Los Angeles County. figshare. Collection. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.c.6211921.v1
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