February 2, 2015
Wales: Steep rise in people seeking advice for steroid use
Steroid abuse – at least 10,000 people injecting
Exclusive figures given to ITV Cymru Wales show a steep rise in the number of people seeking advice for steroid use.
Between 2012 and 2014 the Wales Drug and Alcohol Helpline has seen a near 50% rise in calls about steroids. In addition, a report due next month is expected to show more than half of the people using needle exchanges in Wales are on steroids and other image enhancing drugs. Steroids are traditionally testosterone based and can be injected or taken orally. They work on a cellular level, by simulating protein production which in turn aids muscle growth.
There are a number of health risks associated with using steroids and other image enhancing drugs, on top of the risks surrounding needle use. http://www.itv.com/news/wales/2015-01-30/steep-rise-in-people-seeking-advice-for-steroid-use/