Lesbian, gay and bisexual people ‘more likely to take drugs’

Blackburn Citizen: The five-year analysis found the same groups were also twice as likely to binge drink The five-year analysis found the same groups were also twice as likely to binge drink

A STUDY by Lancashire academics has found gay, lesbian and bi-sexual people are up to seven times more likely to take illegal drugs.

But research carried out by the University of Central Lancashire for The Lesbian & Gay Foundation discovered many were often unable to pinpoint support services.

The five-year analysis found the same groups were also twice as likely to binge drink.

But because of their sexual orientation, people seeking rehabilitation revealed that they often felt like ‘outsiders’.

Not only were they unable to be open about the reasons behind their substance abuse, but some felt it was difficult to ‘come out’ to heterosexual medics or colleagues.

Heather Williams, LGF policy manager, said: “Drug and alcohol use is a major public health issue, and this study shows that LGB people are disproportionately affected.

“They are more likely to drink and take drugs, and then continue this into later life.

“They are more likely to be dependent on these substances but are unable to get the support they need.

“Those who plan and deliver health services must ensure that these services are inclusive of LGB people, in order to tackle this problem.”

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3:50pm Wed 7 May 14

Rumpole says...

That is so true, I smoke cannabis and I am a lesbian!!!
That is so true, I smoke cannabis and I am a lesbian!!! Rumpole
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6:24pm Wed 7 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Rumpole wrote:
That is so true, I smoke cannabis and I am a lesbian!!!
As long as not not a burka wearing crossdresser as we'll that's o.k. Then. LOL
[quote][p][bold]Rumpole[/bold] wrote: That is so true, I smoke cannabis and I am a lesbian!!![/p][/quote]As long as not not a burka wearing crossdresser as we'll that's o.k. Then. LOL ConcernedOssy
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7:35pm Wed 7 May 14

Copperhead says...

I was in London last year and was accosted when passing a club late one night when I was in, I think, Hammersmith.
I was taken inside and told I was in a gay club and that they wanted me to judge " Mr Gay London ".
I said I would be happy to judge him - I said he was against the law of God, against the law of nature and that he would go to hell.
I was in London last year and was accosted when passing a club late one night when I was in, I think, Hammersmith. I was taken inside and told I was in a gay club and that they wanted me to judge " Mr Gay London ". I said I would be happy to judge him - I said he was against the law of God, against the law of nature and that he would go to hell. Copperhead
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