August 28, 2010 Kim Goldman

Steroids (AKA Roids, Juice) are synthetic compounds that are closely related to the male sex hormone, testosterone.

What do they look like?

Steroids are found in a liquid and tablet form and are injected intramuscularly or taken orally.

What are the immediate effects?

  • Increase in energy and athletic ability
  • Immediate rush after injecting or swallowing

What are the long-term effects?

  • Quick weight and muscle gain
  • Extremely aggressive behavior or “Roid Rage”
  • Severe skin rashes
  • High blood pressure
  • Impotence, withered testicles
  • In females, development of irreversible masculine traits
  • Reduced sperm count
  • Baldness
  • Increased risk for prostrate cancer
  • Growth halted prematurely
  • Liver tumors
  • Severe acne

Did you also know…?

  • There are other healthy ways to gain weight and increase muscle mass
  • Frequent use of steroids can cause men to grow breasts

Steroids are used legitimately for medical uses including treating anemia, severe burns and some types of breast cancer.

Yes, teenagers are using steroids.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance—United States, the percentage of students who reported lifetime steroid use increased during 1991–2003 (2.7%–6.1%) and then decreased during 2003–2005 (6.1%–4.0%).  Using the CDC’s 4% current lifetime user’s stat, we get an estimated 660,000 students (14 to 17 years of age) who’ve admitted to steroid use as of the year 2005.

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