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Steroids, in particular Anabolic Steroids, which are the most widely abused of all types of Steroids,are a man made substance manufactured in laboratories to imitate the male hormone testosterone.  Steroids are typically used to gain more muscle mass, however, this can lead to serious, irreversible health issues. 

Steroids create a hormone imbalance in males which can lead to shrinking of the testicles and breast development.  In females the use of Anabolic Steroids may lead to growth in facial hair, menstrual changes, deepened voice, and baldness following the patterns of male baldness. 

Steroids may cause mood swings in the user.  A steroid user may become hostile, violent and angry for no reason.  They may have uncontrollable outbursts of frustrations and combativeness which is often referred to as “roid rage”

Street Names
Arnolds, Gear, Gym Candy, Juice, Pumpers, Roids, Stackers, Weight Trainers

Short - Term Effects:

  • Uncontrollable outbursts
  • Hostile, violent and angry behavior
  • Depression
  • Combativeness
  • Mood Swings
  • Greasy hair
  • Baldness
  • Yellowish skin color
  • Difficult or painful urinating
  • Infertility or impotency in males
  • Menstrual cycle changes in women
  • Deepened voice

Long - Term Effects:

  • Stops growth prematurely and permanently in teens
  • Liver tumors
  • Cancer
  • Jaundice
  • Fluid retention
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney tremors
  • Trembling
  • Possible lead to internal bleeding
  • When injected there is an increase of HIV or Hepatitis infection