Gym junkies join the needle queue

Young men using steroids and image-enhancing drugs now make up the majority of new injecting drug users, a national survey suggests.

In NSW and Queensland, steroids were the drug of choice for two-thirds of men who began injecting drugs within the past three years, overtaking methamphetamine and heroin, said lead researcher Jenny Iverson, of the Kirby Institute in Sydney.

These make up a small but surging proportion of injected drugs used in Australia: in 2010, just 2.4% of Needle and Syringe Program

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