Anabolic Steroids

A.K.A. Muscle Juice!

What are Anabolic Steroids?


  • A drug used to help increase muscle tissue
  • Steroids mostly come in tablets or liquids
  • This can be prescribed legally to treat conditions like steroid hormone deficiency, (such as delayed puberty)
  • Athletes abuse this drug

How is Anabolic Steroids taken in the body?

  • This drug is taken in by injection or orally into the muscles
  • Some are applied on the skin by cream or gel

Some Slang/Street Words for Steroids

  • "Roids"
  • "Juice"
  • "Gym Candy"
  • "Pumper"
  • "Stacker"
  • "Balls"
  • "Bulls"
  • "Wight Trainers"
  • "Arnies"
  • "A's/Anabolics"
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How does the drug affect the body?

Short Term Effects

Minor

  • Acne
  • Oily skin
  • Excess hair growth
  • Deepening of the voice
Major
  • Increase risk of cancer
  • increase risk of heart disease
  • high blood pressure
  • reduction of cholesterol

Long Term Effects

Men

  • shrinkage of testicles
  • baldness

Women

  • growth of facial hair
  • enlargement of clitoris

Signs of Abuse and Symptoms

Signs of Abuse

  • Continuous use can decrease the body's responsiveness to the drug
  • Body stops producing testosterone
  • Abusers combine different types of steroids
  • They also take doses 10 to 100 times greater than doses prescribed to treat medical conditions


Symptoms


  • wild mood swings that lead to violence
  • feeling of depression (after effect)
  • jealously
  • aggressive
  • false judgement of feeling invisibility
  • strong sense of feeling good about themselves

Addiction/Dependence

Addiction

  • People abuse this drug despite the physical problems and negative effects on social relationships
  • Abusers spend a lot of money and time to get steroids
  • People who abuse steroids can experience withdrawal symptoms when they stopped taking them


Psychological Dependence

  • The people who abuse steroids usually want to improve their appearance and performance
  • These abusers believe that more doses of anabolic steroids will have greater results