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Anabolic Steroids: Misuse

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department keeps records of the number of young men who have taken anabolic steroids for non-medical reasons in each year since 1997. (186317)

The British Crime Survey (BCS) collects information on the illicit use of anabolic steroids. As the following table shows, the proportion of young people aged 16 to 24 years using anabolic steroids not prescribed by a doctor has remained at less than 0.5 per cent. since such questions were included in the survey in 1996.

Due to the small number of anabolic steroid users in the BCS sample it is not possible to provide a separate breakdown for men and women.

Proportion of 16 to 24-year-olds reporting use of anabolic steroids in the last year, 1996 to 2006-07

Anabolic steroids

Unweighted base

1996

0.5

1,412

1998

0.5

1,233

2000

0.1

1,455

2001-02

0.2

3,984

2002-03

0.1

4,209

2003-04

0.4

5,327

2004-05

0.4

6,182

2005-06

0.3

5,876

2006-07

0.2

5,687