Anabolic Steroids

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Anabolic Steroids

Physical effectsShort term:Severe acneOily skin and hairHair lossAltered mood such as irritability or aggressionDepression of suicidal tendenciesStretch marksUpset stomachIncreased risk of pneumoniaIncreased fat on face, neck and bellyIncreased hungerIncreased blood sugar

Street names:Roids, juice, gym candy, pumpers, Andro, and stackers Type of drug:Stimulant How it's abused:Orally ingested, injection, cream, or gel. Abusers take 10-100 times more that prescribed legally How it's made:In a lab using the same chemical make up as male testosterone

Treatment options:Gateway foundation for alcohol and drug abuseYouth outreach centerOmni youth servicesAdvocate Christ medical centerNorthwestern lake counseling

Long term:Liver diseaseLiver tumorsLiver cystsKidney diseaseHeart disease such as heart attackAlteration in cholesterol or other blood lipidsHigh blood pressureGynecomastiaShrinking of testiclesDecreased sperm countMenstral irregularitiesInfertilityExcess facial or body hairDeepening of voice for womenStunted growth and height in teensRisk of viral or bacterial infection due to unsterile injections

Anabolic Steroids Elizabeth Hepler and Austin Hellios

Psychological effectsUsers can become physically and psychologically dependent on the drug, as they exhibit drug seeking behavior. They continue use even with adverse effects and withdraw symptoms such as mood swings, fatigue, restlessness, loss of appetite, insomnia, reduced sex drive, and steroid craving. Severe withdraw can lead to depression and possible suicide. Depressive symptoms can persist for up to one year after the user stops taking steroids.

Legal consequences:The anabolic steroid act of 1990 made them a controlled substance. They are defined as any drug or hormone substance related to testosterone. possession of illicitly obtained anabolic steroids carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a minimum $1,000 fine if this is an individual’s first drug offense. The maximum penalty for trafficking is five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 if this is the individual’s first felony drug offense. If this is the second felony drug offense, the maximum period of imprisonment and the maximum fine both double.



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