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Main motivation for steroid use 'to enhance image'

From BBC - November 15, 2017

The main motivation for people using steroids and other similar drugs in the UK is to enhance their image, a survey has shown.

More than 680 people who use image and performance-enhancing drugs took part in the National IPEDinfo survey.

It found that although motivations for use of those drugs were complex, 56% used them for aesthetic purposes.

Public Health Wales, which led the project, said a "pragmatic health-focussed approach" was needed.

In recent years, concerns have specifically been raised about the use of steroids in Welsh grassroots and semi-professional rugby.

Last year, Wales' Public Health Minister Rebecca Evans said sports players taking performance-enhancing drugs faced a closer watch under a new three-year plan to tackle substance misuse.

Those who took part in the survey ranged in age from 17 to 74, with the average person using image and performance-enhancing drugs (Ipeds) in the UK likely to be a white British male in their 30s.

Most of those used a mixture of injectable and oral anabolic steroids and typically injected their Ipeds into their muscles. Most had started using before the age of 30, with some reporting they startedas young as 14 or 15.

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