Injecting drug users getting older

THE proportion of young people injecting psychoactive drugs is shrinking, according to a 20-year report by the Kirby Institute. 

The Australian Needle and Syringe Program Survey found that in 1998, under-25s made up 36% of all injecting drug users.

In 2002 the proportion was 25% and by 2014 it had dropped to only 6%, of whom about two-thirds reported injecting performance- and image-enhancing drugs (non-psychoactive drugs). 

“It is reasonable to conclude that the number of young people injecting psychoactive drugs has declined substantially over the past 20 years,” a