A survey of 2,400 drug injecting users in Australia found that the taking of performance enhancing drugs increased sharply amongst young men in the country.
74 percent of people in New South Wales who started injecting drugs into their bodies injected performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDs) in 2013. In 2003, the number who started with PIEDs was 27 percent. Most of the PIEDs injected were steroids and are driven by young men.
While steroids use has increased, the rate of new meth injectors has declined. Back in 2006, up to 50 percent of new meth users by males injected the drug. In 2013, the rate of new injection rates for meth for men decreased to 11 percent.
Source: “Steroids now the drug of choice for young men”, 9 News, January 10, 2014.