Drugscope’s survey on drug prices receives widespread attention. You can see their press release here, download the Druglink article here, an additional article on speedballs here, and the survey findings here.
Here’s the press coverage that I’ve seen:
The Guardian focuses on the use of steroids:
The survey of the drugs illegally available in the UK and their prices, published in the charity’s Druglink magazine, found a big rise in the numbers of people aged 16 to 25 buying an array of steroids, which they inject to look good. Prices range from £15.25 for 10 1ml vials of testosterone suprinate to £55 for 20 2ml vials of Sustanon.<p>The steroid craze has come out of the gym culture. Bodybuilders, athletes and some gay clubbers have used anabolic steroids for some time. But the new users range from professionals and students to building site workers.
The Independent looks at the use of heroin and cocaine:
the most alarming development highlighted by the study for the drug charity’s Druglink magazine was the rise in “speedballing” or ” snowballing” which specialists fear will result in more overdoses, infections, and crime…A second study of 100 drug addicts revealed that speedballing was the main method of drug-taking for 80 per cent of those interviewed, compared with 25 per cent a decade ago.
The Times goes for the steroids angle:
TEENAGERS as young as 16 are turning to illegal anabolic steroids to transform themselves into their sporting heroes, according to a national drugs survey.
Researchers say that steroids have become a sought-after commodity on the drugs black market in 11 cities and towns: London, Blackpool, Birmingham, Middlesbrough, Nottingham, Torquay, Cardiff, Manchester, Portsmouth, Luton and Newcastle.
The BBC focuses on speedballing:
DrugScope looked at 20 UK locations and found many users were “speedballing” for a stimulant-sedative effect.
It warned the practice could lead to rising crime, saying, on average, speedballers have three times as many convictions as heroin-only users.
It found they spent an average £500 a week on drugs compared with £110 for heroin users.
The Telegraph highlights the findings on steroid use:
Drug workers said they were increasingly seeing a wide cross-section of society, from young professionals to labourers to students aged between 16 and 25, using the drug to achieve the muscled, toned physique of their sporting heroes.
Although the dealing of the drug is illegal, possession is not. However the drug charity gave warning of very serious side effects, including reduced sperm count, kidney and liver problems, high blood pressure and increased aggression. The injection of the drug also increases the risks of blood-born diseases including HIV and hepatitis.
The Mirror carries a Reuters account of the report.
In terms of the drug education, there is clearly a role for teachers, youth workers and others who deliver health education in understanding the trends in drug taking and the risks that young people might encounter.
They need to use that knowledge to make sure that young people’s education is relevant and timely.
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