31 August 2017

Advisory Council on Misuse of Drugs examining PIED use

The UK government’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) is examining the use of performance and image-enhancing drugs (PIEDs) in society, and will hold an evidence-gathering day on 26 September at the Kia Oval, London. Last month, the Home Office’s annual Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) Drug Misuse Report revealed that use of anabolic steroids had hit a nine-year high, with the rise in use particularly pronounced amongst young people.

A working group headed by Professor Fabrizio Schifano of the University of Hertfordshire has been appointed to examine the reasons behind the rise. The remit for the group is to focus on amateur use of IPEDs in organised sport and gyms, although IPED use in professional sport will also be considered.

The use and misuse of the following substances, as well as the physical and social harms usage causes, will be considered by the working group:

• androgenic-anabolic steroids;
• human growth hormones;
• peptides and growth hormone releasing factors (GHRFs);
• Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARMS);
• some health supplements;
• associated substances such as Tamoxifen and Clenbuterol.

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