Is steroid abuse as bad as heroin addiction?

Steroid dealing was not in the main eyes of the Central Investigation department in the region of East Sussex until the investigation after the death of 23 years old builder, Lewis Allan. He was reported to be taken into the Eastbourne District General hospital after falling ill at his home in Eastbourne on 10th october 2011. Investigation into the case led to the illegal dealing of steroid in the area. Following Alan’s death, Scott Halliday was arrested for possession of large quantity of illegal steroid drugs and was charged for drug dealing in the area of East sussex as drug trafficking is a serious crime in the UK.

The East Sussex Coroner had reported that the number of people who approach the needle exchange program in the area for injecting steroid is close to the number of heroin addicts. The NHS sussex recent study has shown that the number of registered steroid users have increased over the past few years with 50% of them registered to the NHS’s needle and syringe program. The needle and syringe program focuses on the use of sterilized syringes among drug users especially heroin addicts who tend to share needles. Hence, it prevents the spread of blood borne diseases and infections. With the alarming growth in the number of PIEDs (performance and image enhancing drugs), abusers in the community is becoming a serious issue in the country.  The NHS East Sussex has launched a new programme that is set to target anabolic drug abusers. Sussex Partnership NHS Trust, which runs a mental service in the area, has given a statement in which it urges the awareness of using illegal drugs and its harmful effects. People should look for advices from officials who have a deep knowledge about the drug such as the local Gp or the drug misuse services before getting involved into the use of the illegal substance. The spokesman added that they do show reluctance to the use of illegal drugs and do not encourage people to do so. As its use is not a crime in UK, all they can do is encourage the use of sterile needles for drug abusers which can be accessed through needle and syringe programme across the county. Hence, the abusers are not in the risk of blood borne diseases and infection which can be a serious health issue. According to the Cabinet member, Margaret Bannister of the East Borough council, the issue of steroid abuse will come as a shock to the community of the east Sussex.