A Sheffield clinic offering a needle exchange programme for steroid users is seeing seven new users a week.
David Rourke, from the Arundel Street Project, revealed the figure after the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence said the number of people using steroid is ‘rapidly increasing’.
“We run a clinic for steroid users but we have people coming through the door on a daily basis, with at least seven new clients a week,” he said.
“We know there are many more people out there who are not using needle and syringe programmes because this group of users do not see themselves as drug users.
“In Sheffield we are lucky to have a special programme for those who use steroids to access information and support but I know of some areas where there is nothing.
“People who inject steroids are potentially using them without the correct education or the correct equipment and this can lead to more and more people injecting unsafely, which can put not just their own life, but the lives of those around them, at risk.
“Those who use steroids should be able to get the same support as anyone else who injects drugs.”