- Among high school students, the use of androgenic steroid hormones is prevalent, with 1% to 2% of adolescent girls and 4% to 6% of adolescent boys having used an anabolic steroid at least once.
- It is being used in teens as young as 12-, 13-, 14-year-olds.
- Androgenic steroid use has been associated with the use of other illicit drugs, cigarette smoking, and alcohol use.
- When taken in supra-physiologic doses, these drugs are known to cause a wide range of acute adverse effects (well, I already knew this).
Side Effects of Anabolic-Androgenic Steroid Hormones
- excess facial and body hair
- male-pattern baldness
- acne (including on the chest and / or back)
- deepening of the voice
- increased muscularity
- an increased sex drive.
- Fibrocystic masses, usually immediately deep to the nipple, may develop in men and adolescent boys who take anabolic-androgenic steroid hormones. This gives an increased breast size. The lesions are painful and may not resolve with discontinuation of the drug, but may have to be removed surgically.
- This is only an issue in adolescents. There may be premature closure of the epiphyses (growth plates in the bones) with prolonged use of high-dose anabolic-androgenic steroid hormones. This results in a shorter stature than would have been attained if there had not been interference with natural growth.
- highly aggressive behavior ("roid rage")
- depression (sometimes to the point of suicidal)
For MORE INFORMATION
Steroid Prevention Program Scores with High School Athletes; Robert Mathias; NIDA Notes, Vol 12, No 4, July/Aug 1997
Anabolic Steroids; NIDA for Teens, 2000
WebMD Medical News, Dec. 13, 2007