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  • Anabolic steroids

    Anabolic steroids are artificial (synthetic) versions of the male hormone testosterone that help build muscle. They also enhance masculine characteristics. Because they can help the body...

    From: Factsheets

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  • Cannabis

    Cannabis or marijuana is an illegal drug derived from the leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant. It is smoked, eaten or drunk in tea. Cannabis...

    From: HIV treatments directory

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  • Cocaine

    Cocaine is an illegal stimulant drug that is made from the leaves of the South American coca shrub. It comes in the form of a...

    From: HIV treatments directory

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  • Ecstasy

    Ecstasy is an illegal drug whose chemical name is 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). It is an artificial derivative of amphetamine, having first been manufactured in 1912. Ecstasy induces...

    From: HIV treatments directory

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  • Injecting drug use

    Injecting drug use was one of the earliest routes of HIV transmission identified in the early 1980s, because epidemiologists quickly noticed that HIV infection was...

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  • ChemSex Support videos

    11 short films (two mins each) including tips on playing safe, making changes, managing cravings, harm reduction and relapse prevention, and better sober sex.

    24 February 2015 | 56 Dean Street
  • Rise in UK Steroid Use Brings Severe Health Risks

    Steroid misuse is thought to be rising in the UK, increasing concerns over the spread of blood-borne viruses among this emerging population of injecting users.

    16 February 2015 | Talking Drugs
  • When Poppers are not Poppers

    Some new products—advertised or described as poppers and sold online by retailers that also sell poppers—have more serious health consequences than the traditional amyl nitrite-based poppers oftentimes used recreationally by gay men to enhance sex.

    13 February 2015 | BETA blog
  • Chemsex is not a drug problem – it’s a sex problem

    If you haven’t had sober sex in the last six months, it hardly makes you a raging drug addict. But intimate sexual connections form a very important part of our general well-being, and if we’re relying too heavily on chems to fulfil those needs, then there’s some kind of problem going on.

    09 February 2015 | GMFA
  • ChemSex and HCV transmission among UK MSM

    A recently published guide for health professionals (ChemSex & Hepatitis C), claiming to be based on c.500 conversations with MSM clients, offers an illuminating, ground-level account of one risk environment: events involving “ChemSex”, or the collective use of recreational drugs to enhance sexual experience. The authors claim that ChemSex parties are a growing HCV risk for MSM for three reasons: greater availability of certain non-injection drugs; increased injecting drug use; more widespread use of smartphone Apps and online “hooking-up” sites.

    03 February 2015 | BMJ Group blogs
  • Managing crystal meth: tina and gay men

    “I’m being destructive, and I know it.” This statement comes from community consultation I did recently with HIV-positive gay men on how they feel they’re being affected by using crystal meth, otherwise known as ice, or tina in the queer community.

    26 January 2015 | Archer
  • 2013 could have been a turning point in drug treatment in England

    Public Health England cautions that the gains of recent years in reduced drug use, lower demand for treatment for heroin and crack problems, improved treatment performance, and curbing drug-related harm, have all stalled or gone in to reverse. It might be a blip, or might prove to be the start of a trend up in problem drug use and down in the ability of the treatment system to cope. Includes new five-year treatment journey analysis.

    09 January 2015 | Drug & Alcohol Findings
  • Addiction services in England: in need of an intervention

    With change comes both opportunity and chaos: an assertion nowhere more true than with England's addiction services. Over the past 5 years, government initiatives to increase cost-effectiveness have opened up bidding for local services to third-party providers. With increased competition, the thinking went, bloated NHS trusts would sharpen their edges and the quality of care would be improved.

    10 November 2014 | The Lancet Psychiatry
  • Michelle Thornber-Dunwell, the Mother of Vauxhall

    She took in lost boys when she owned her Tanning Shop, and now she writes to educate doctors on drugs.

    31 October 2014 | QX
  • No link between tough penalties and drug use - UK government report

    There is "no obvious" link between tough laws and levels of illegal drug use, a government report has found. Liberal Democrat Home Office minister Norman Baker said the report, comparing the UK with other countries, should end "mindless rhetoric" on drugs policy. He accused the Conservatives of "suppressing" the findings for months.

    31 October 2014 | BBC News
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