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November 20, 2014
Ireland: More people using steroids are signing up to drug treatment programmes

A new report finds those using are men with an average age of 24

More people using steroids are signing up to drug treatment programmes

Merchants Quay director Tony Geoghegan

A new report has revealed that a growing number of people who use steroids or performance enhancing drugs are seeking help from Irish drug treatment services.
The study, from Merchants Quay Ireland, says steroid users are at serious risk of physical, psychological and behavioural harm. Users reported a range of negative side effects – including increased aggression, sudden mood changes, anxiety and depression. Nearly 40% had progressed to injecting steroids. The report focuses on exploring the emerging trend and examining ways in to address the risks. It worked with a sample of 89 people who were using performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDs) and were attending the Dublin based needle exchange programme of Merchants Quay Ireland. The report revealed that the sample was all male, with an average age of 24 years – and an age range of between 18 and 40. 50% had never been tested for HIV or Hepatitis C, and of those who had tested 10% were Hep C positive. The level of other drug use was high in the past month – showing 62% used alcohol, 40% used cannabis, 23% used benzodiazepines and 17% used cocaine. Speaking at the launch, the director of Merchants Quay Ireland, Tony Geoghegan, said: “The use of PIEDs is associated with a wide range of adverse impacts, which may manifest in physical, psychological and behavioural problems.” “The varied needs of this group require integrative approaches, with emphasis on developing inter-agency links and establishing care pathways between general health services, harm reduction services, and mental health services.” http://www.newstalk.com/More-people-using-steroids-are-signing-up-to-drug-treatment-services