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Anabolic Steroids: Misuse

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of people who (a) took anabolic steroids and (b) took anabolic steroids for non-medical reasons in each year since 1997. (186318)

[holding answer 18 February 2008]: Information is not held on (a) the number of people who have taken anabolic steroids since 1997. The number of prescription items for anabolic steroids which were dispensed in the community in England are contained in table 1 and shows steady decline over the last 10 years.

Estimates on (b) the proportion of 16-59 year olds in England and Wales who have taken anabolic steroids for non-medical reasons are available from the British Crime Survey (BCS) and are included in table 2 which also shows a decline in use since 1996 when questions were first included in the survey.

Table 1

Total items (Thousand)

1997

10.637

1998

9.016

1999

7.519

2000

6.083

2001

4.933

2002

2.735

2003

1.566

2004

1.435

2005

1.25

2006

0.98

Source:

Information Centre for Health and Social Care

Table 2: Proportion of 16 to 59-year-olds reporting use of anabolic steroids in the last year, 1996 to 2006-07

BCS

Anabolic steroids

Unweighted base

1996

0.3

10,741

1998

0.3

9,884

2000

0.2

12,771

2001-02

0.1

19,973

2002-03

0.1

23,357

2003-04

0.1

24,197

2004-05

0.1

28,206

2005-06

0.1

29,631

2006-07

0.1

28,975