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

Published: 15 March 2017 Tags: MSM, greater manchester, drugs By John Walding

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:

33x10x12x3x

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

4x22x5x20x

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.