645% increase in steroid usage in Bristol, UK

THERE has been a sharp increase in the number of people using steroids, a leading drugs and alcohol charity has said.

CRI runs 21 needle exchanges in England and in 2010 it saw 290 people who were using steroids, the BBC reports.

By last year that number had increased to 2,161, a rise of 645 per cent.

Now the health watchdog NICE has updated its guidelines for needle exchanges in England.

It says the growth in steroid users is a “challenge” for drugs workers.

BBC Radio Bristol reports that the Bristol Drugs Project says 50 per cent of people at their needle exchange are steroid users – and the growth area is men seeking a “shortcut”.
Read more: http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/Bristol-Drugs-Project-says-lots-men-using/story-20933882-detail/story.html#ixzz2yOXhaZeQ

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