Steroids

Steroids- Drug Facts:

Steroids appeal to those in the population with a mindset that “bigger is better.”  As we sit down to dinner, we overhear professional athletes questioned on the daily news about steroid use.  These same athletes hold themselves up to young teens and adults as role models.  Abusers of steroids aren’t looking for the high associated with other illegal drug usage such as heroin, cocaine or marijuana.  They are endangering their bodies in the present, hoping for long-term results.  Abusers want to change their appearance and enhance their performances, sought after rewards for adolescents, athletes and adults.  Teenagers, I particularly, on a short-term basis see the boost in strength they experience in a short timeframe, they have an air of confidence about themselves, leading steroid abusers to ignore the impending long-term damage steroids can cause.  Make no mistake about it however, steroids are dangerous drugs.  Steroids can wreck havoc on an otherwise healthy body.

Description & Overview of Steroids:
Anabolic Steroids
– Synthetically Produced
– Naturally Occurring Male Hormone Testosterone
– Abused to Promote
– Physical Performance
– Muscle Enhancement
– Athletic Strength
– Athletic Endurance
– Improve Physical Appearance
– Most Frequently Abused:
Stanozolol
Testosterone
Nandrolone
Methandienone
Boldenone

Steroids are Available in:
- Tablets
– Capsules
– Sublingual-tablets
– Gels
– Creams
– Transdermal Patches
– Liquid Drops
– Injectable Solutions
– Water-Based
– Oil-Based
– Method of Delivery
Ingestion
Injection
Cream Applied to the Skin

Other Names – Brands:
Afro
Denbuterol
Halotestin
Methyltestosterone Agoviron
Methyltestosterone Agoviron-Depot
Triamcinolone
Azmacort@
Beclomethasone
Vanceril@
Qvar@
Beclovent

Used Illegally:
- Smuggled into the United States
– Buying & Selling Drug Over the Internet
– Theft of the Drug

Purchased & Sold at:
Sporting Events
Gyms
Bodybuilding Competitions
Schools
Between Teammates
Coaches
Trainers
Medically Used to Treat:
For Humans
Prescribed by Licensed Physicians
For Animals
Veterinary Use

Treatment of:
- Delayed Puberty
– Testosterone Deficiency
– Low Red Blood Cell Count
– Tissue Wasting
– Resulting from AIDS

Street Names for Steroids:
Juice
Weight Gainers
Arnolds
Pumpers
Roids
Stackers
Abolic
Anavar
Bolasterone
Dep-Testosterone
Durabolin
Gym Candy
Stacking

How Steroids Affects the Brain:
- Acts on the Limbic System

Short-Term Effects of Using Steroids:
- Mood Swings
– Hostility
– Difficulty Making Decisions
– Aggression
– Roid Rage
– Impact Brain Pathways
– Impact Brain Chemicals
– Dopamine
– Serotonin
– Opioid Systems
– Psychiatric Dysfunction
– Paranoid Jealousy
– Irritability
– Violence

Long-Term Effects of Using Steroids:
- Drug Dependency
– Addiction
– Suicidal Thoughts
– When Drug is Stopped
– Stunt the Height in Boys & Girls
– Depends on Users
– Height
– Weight
– Amount of Drug Used
– Sex
– Age
– Length of Time Using the Drug
– Deepening of the Voice in Adolescent Girls & Women
– Added Facial & Body Hair
– Menstrual Irregularities
– Baldness
– Shrinkage of the Testicles
– Reduced Sperm Count
– Males May Develop Breast Tissue
– Sterility
– Bacterial Infections
– Glandular Cancer
– Prostate Cancer
– High Cholesterol Levels
– Risk of Heart Disease
– Inflammation of the Heart Lining
– Death
– Stroke
– HIV/AIDS
– Hepatitis B
– Hepatitis C
– Liver Damage
– High Blood Pressure
– Trembling