Support for non-prescribed anabolic androgenic steroids users: a qualitative exploration of their needs

Authors: Harvey, O., Parrish, M., van Teijlingen, E. and Trenoweth, S.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/33216/

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09687637.2019.1705763

Journal: Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISSN: 0968-7637

Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS) are used by the general population (particularly male gym users) for their anabolic effects (increased muscle mass). Few studies have sought AAS users’ views on what information and support they need. This study focuses on ideal support wanted by people who use AAS. Interviews were conducted with 23 self-declared adult AAS users. Using thematic analysis, six themes were identified aligned to support and information wanted by AAS users: (1) specific types of information wanted: managing risks, (2) mechanisms for communication of advice, (3) specific types of support wanted: medical and emotional, (4) stigmatisation of people who use AAS, (5) paying for support services, (6) legality of AAS use.

Integral to the support was that it should be considered within the context of use and identity. Support needs to be specific, targeted towards AAS users ensuring that balanced and evidenced-based advice is given. Sensitivity to AAS users’ perceptions of their drug-use and the stigma of being classified in the same sub-set as other illicit drug users is relevant to facilitating successful engagement. Furthermore, there is a need to consider the emotional issues surrounding AAS use and how to meet these needs.

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Authors: Harvey, O., Parrish, M., van Teijlingen, E. and Trenoweth, S.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/33216/

Journal: Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy

eISSN: 1465-3370

ISSN: 0968-7637

DOI: 10.1080/09687637.2019.1705763

© 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS) are used by the general population (particularly male gym users) for their anabolic effects (increased muscle mass). Few studies have sought AAS users’ views on what information and support they need. This study focuses on ideal support wanted by people who use AAS. Interviews were conducted with 23 self-declared adult AAS users. Using thematic analysis, six themes were identified aligned to support and information wanted by AAS users: (1) specific types of information wanted: managing risks, (2) mechanisms for communication of advice, (3) specific types of support wanted: medical and emotional, (4) stigmatisation of people who use AAS, (5) paying for support services, (6) legality of AAS use. Integral to the support was that it should be considered within the context of use and identity. Support needs to be specific, targeted towards AAS users ensuring that balanced and evidenced-based advice is given. Sensitivity to AAS users’ perceptions of their drug-use and the stigma of being classified in the same sub-set as other illicit drug users is relevant to facilitating successful engagement. Furthermore, there is a need to consider the emotional issues surrounding AAS use and how to meet these needs.

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