Teens and Steroids

The friendship of teens and steroids has been the subject of great concern in the past couple of decades. The relation of teens and steroids is growing more and more deep, and the situation is getting alarming.                  Health organizations have always been endeavoring to disrupt the friendly relationship that has been going on between teens and steroids.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has revealed the shocking facts about teens and steroids. NIDA’s statistics on teens and steroids are really frightening.

NIDA articulates that ‘more than a half million 8th- and 10th-grade students are now using these dangerous drugs steroids, and increasing numbers of high school seniors say they don’t believe the drugs are risky.’

According to the NIDA, teens and steroids are very intimate friends today. The 2002 NIDA-funded study revealed that when teens were asked if they ever tried steroids—even once; 2.5% of 8th graders, 3.5% of 10th graders, and 4% of 12th graders admitted that tried steroids.

The year 2003 study led by Dr. Linn Goldberg, head of the division of health promotion and sports medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, unveils the terrifying facts about female teens and steroids. The survey study conducted on the US high schools divulged that 5.3 % of teen girls admitted to using or having used anabolic steroids.

In the survey published in the June issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, Dr. Goldberg and his colleagues collected data on anabolic steroid use among teen girls using a national sample of U.S. high schools done in 2003 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the survey, 7,544 teen girls in grades nine through 12 answered questions about sports participation, steroids, ecstasy use and other illegal or unhealthy behaviors.

NIDA articulates that the abuse of anabolic steroids can block bone growth in adolescents. Anabolic steroids can damage the heart, kidneys, and livers of teens. The male teens abusing steroids may experience the conditions, such as impotence, shrunken testicles, and breast enlargement. The female teens abusing steroids may experience the conditions, such as menstrual irregularities, growth of body hair, deepened voice, reduction in breast size, and enlarged clitoris. However some of these body effects are irreversible. The teens abusing steroids may also experience depression, aggressiveness, anxiety, and unpredictable angry behavior.

 

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