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Anabolic ("building")-androgenic (masculinizing) steroids, commonly known as steroids, include the male hormone testosterone, and its artificial derivatives. Steroids are used for treatment of certain diseases such as specific types of anemia, some breast cancers, and testosterone deficiency. Non-medical use of steroids is strictly illegal. However, because of their performance-enhancing and body-building properties, steroids have been illegally used by both athletes and nonathletes since the late 1950s to improve their athletic ability and to look better.

Steroids are taken orally or injected into the muscles. Both males and females use steroids, though males account for higher rates of use.

According to a recent study, adolescent steroid users also are likely to use other drugs and to share needles. People who inject steroids run the risk of acquiring HIV/AIDS from sharing needles.

Steroids are not all they're stacked up to be!

Side Effects
Numerous health hazards are associated with short-term use of steroids, many of which are reversible. Long-term effects are largely unknown, but there is growing concern over possible psychiatric effects. Researchers report that steroid use can cause severe mood swings which can lead to violent behaviors. Users also may suffer from paranoid jealously, extreme irritability, delusions, and impaired judgment stemming from feelings of invincibility. Fatalities due to suicides, homicides, liver disease, heart attacks, and cancer have been reported among illicit users. Further, because the true quality of "off the street" steroids is not known, users place themselves at even greater risk for harm if they choose to use these.

Major side effects include:

Liver tumors
Jaundice
Fluid retention
High blood pressure
Severe acne
Yellowing of skin and eyes
Trembling
Weakening of tendons which may result in tearing or rupture

 MALES

 FEMALES

 TESTICULAR SHRINKAGE

 FACIAL HAIR

 REDUCED SPERM COUNT

 IRREGULAR MENSTRAL CYCLE

 INFERTILITY

 ENLARGEMENT OF CLITORIS

 BALDNESS

 DEEPENED VOICE

 DEVELOPMENT OF BREASTS

 STUNTED GROWTH

True strength and beauty come from a combination of your physical, mental, and spiritual abilities naturally developed to their full potential; anything else is artificially induced.

You have enough to worry about in life without adding the complications of steroids.
When you use steroids, you are not only cheating yourself, but you're also cheating everyone around you.

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Facts for Girls/Women
Anabolic steroids make the tendons weak, and that may result in tearing or rupture of the tendon.

According to a recent survey, perception of the harmfulness of steroid use has decreased among both 12th graders and 8th graders. This fact is particularly disturbing because a person's usage of any substance is highly dependent on his or her understanding of how harmful it is.

Many professional athletes have ruined their careers and lives due to steroid use. Do you want to make that same mistake?

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Resources

American Academy of Sports Physicians
17113 Gledhill Street
Northridge, CA 91325
818-886-7891

American College of Sports Medicine
P.O. Box 1440
Indianapolis, IN 46206
317-637-9200

American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
2250 E. Devon Avenue
Suite 115
Des Plaines, IL 60018
708-803-8700

American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine
7611 Elmwood Avenue
Suite 201
Middleton, WI 53562
608-831-4400

Joint Commission on Sports Medicine and Science
Oklahoma State University
Student Health Center
Stillwater, OK 74078
405-744-7031

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