Gay men more likely to take illegal drugs

Gay and bisexual men are more likely to take illegal drugs than straight men, a new report states.

Home Office statistics from the Crime Survey of England and Wales show that a third of gay or bisexual men have taken illicit drugs over the past year.

This compares with 23 per cent of gay or bisexual women, 11 per cent of heterosexual men and 5 per cent of heterosexual women.

Overall, 2.7 million adults in England and Wales used illegal drugs in the previous year, an increase of 230,000.

Three per cent of the 36,000 adults surveyed regarded themselves as frequent drug users taking an illegal drug more than once a month, with over a half (57 per cent) saying they bought their drugs from someone known to them such as a friend or work colleague.

Cannabis remains the most popular illegal drug with 6.6 per cent of adults admitting to taking the drug.

This is followed by cocaine used by 2.4 per cent.

Methamphetamine (meth) is amongst the least used drugs with 0.10 per cent taking the drug.