Drug use amongst Men who have sex with Men in Greater Manchester

Publish Date: 15/03/2017

Men who have sex with men (MSM) in Greater Manchester have distinct patterns of drug use, including significantly higher rates of using drugs typically associated with chemsex. However, MSM are also more likely to use drugs such as opiates, crack cocaine and cannabis which reflects higher rates of drug use on the whole. The drugs which are most disproportionately used by MSM are not the same as those most commonly used which highlights the diversity of drug use amongst these communities.

Men who have sex with men in Greater Manchester are:

33x 10x 12x 3x

more likely to have used
methamphetamine

more likely to have used
cocaine powder

more likely to have used
MDMA

more likely to have used
opiates

4x 22x 5x 20x

more likely to have used
cannabis

more likely to have used
ketamine

more likely to have used
crack cocaine

more likely to have used
mephedrone

*compared to the average for 16-59 year olds in England and Wales.

The drugs most commonly used by men who have sex with men in Greater Manchester are:

  1. Poppers
  2. Cannabis
  3. MDMA
  4. Cocaine Powder
  5. Amphetamines (not including methamphetamine)

*Data on MSM in GM from Sigma Research, Gay Men’s Sex Survey 2014. Comparisons with Office National Statistics, Crime in England & Wales 2014.