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Gender and sexual minority/minoritized groups are at a higher risk of substance misuse and related harm compared to the rest of the population. However, limited research has focused on understanding the extent of these issues and the support needs of all minoritized groups within the LGBTQ + population.
Cannabis, ecstasy, and cocaine were commonly used substances, while some participants reported consuming high levels of alcohol. Many respondents highlighted the role of “stigma” and peer pressure within the LGBTQ + communities as a motivator for substance use. Participants expressed a preference for informal support due to fears of “discrimination” from formal treatment services.
Cross-sectional survey (n=38)