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Steroids

What are Steroids?

  • Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids are manufactured substances related to the male sex hormone Testosterone.
  • They may be prescribed by a doctor to rebuild tissues weakened by injury or disease, to assist in regaining or maintaining weight after illness, and to aid recovery from breast cancer and osteoporosis in women.
  • They are abused in an attempt to enhance athletic performance and improve physical appearance.
  • Can be taken in pill form, injected, or rubbed on the skin in the form of gels or creams.

Steroids Facts

  • Major, irreversible side effects can result from hormonal imbalances caused by steroids:
    • In Men: testicular shrinking, breast development, and severe acne
    • In Women: facial hair, menstrual changes, and deepened voice
  • Steroids can cause psychiatric dysfunctions such as increased aggression, extreme mood swings, and depressed mood.
  • Long term side effects:
    • High blood pressure
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Liver and kidney damage
  • Possession of illegally obtained steroids carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a minimum $1,000 fine.

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