Drug use is often portrayed and perceived as a hedonistic pursuit of pleasure; whether through the use of thought-expanding hallucinogens, the excitement of stimulants or the euphoria of opiates. However, there are many drugs that are typically used neither as a means for instant gratification nor for the treatment of illness but instead to improve on an individual’s appearance or performance. Collectively termed Image and performance enhancing drugs (IPEDs), these substances increasingly represent a challenge to public health and reflect a society that expects “a pill for every ill” and for some, the aim to be “better than well”. The pursuit of excellence and the attempt to surpass one’s natural potential is by no means a new phenomenon. In fact, throughout history the human condition has been characterised by mankind’s endeavour to gain an advantage over his competitor and the environment. The IPED research group has been developed to bring together a range of expertise and disciplines to explore this complex phenomenon.
Institute for Health Research’s IPED conference took place on Friday 13th October 2017.
We have now uploaded the presentations from each of our speakers on the following weblink: https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/research/centres-and-institutes/public-health-institute/news/iped-research-group
Please note that we have had to consider copyright therefore not all presentations have been uploaded.