Over the last few decades, the use of Image and Performance Enhancing Drugs (IPEDs) has become more widespread. Alongside this increase in use, there has been an associated rise in the number of reported infections and complications associated with IPED use.
This website (formally SIEDsInfo.co.uk) and supporting resources, developed by Public Health Wales, in conjunction with partners at the Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, aims to provide reliable and evidence based information and advice to reduce the harms associated with the use of IPEDs.
Public Health Wales is an NHS organisation providing professionally independent public health advice and services to protect and improve the health and wellbeing of the population.
For those who contributed to last year’s National IPED Info Survey, thank you very much, your contribution was and is very important.
Thanks to your support over 660 people who used IPEDs participated in the survey in 2015 from across England, Scotland and Wales, the largest face to face survey ever completed of its kind. This work will allow us to continue to inform and develop harm reduction services, health messages and support in relation to IPEDs.
The survey is open to anyone who has or is currently using image and performance enhancing drugs. The survey should be completed only once per year.
We are analysing the findings at present, but a copy of the survey final report will be available shortly. In the mean time the following infographic provides an overview of some of the initial result:
If you did not participate last year and want more information before you begin the survey (including its purpose, confidentiality, and how to contact the research team for further information) please click here.
Your participation will be greatly appreciated.
Injecting carries several risks, both from the process and from the drugs themselves.
It is important to be aware of these risks before attempting to inject any substance.