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Transcript of Steroids
Anabolic steroids can be legally prescribed for conditions resulting from steroid hormone deficiency
Anabolic steroids can legally treat:
sexual hormone problems in men
diseases that affect lean muscle mass, such as cancer and AIDS
Anabolic steroids are serious addictive drugs. Discontinuing use often leads to withdrawal and depression, which creates a lack of physical drive or social interaction among former users.
Anabolic steroids can be taken by mouth, by injection, or by application as a gel. Injection carries added risks, because drug injection equipment might not be sterile and expose users to life-threatening diseases like HIV/AIDS or hepatitis.
Anabolic steroids are not as illegal as other drugs.
False: illegal unless prescribed
Overall, we feel that anabolic steroid use should not be legalized. The physical and psychological effects of anabolic steroids are far too dangerous for them to be distributed freely.
Anabolic – muscle-building
Androgenic- increased male sexual characteristics
Androgen: any group of hormones that influence the growth/maintenance of the male reproductive system
Most active is testosterone
Male sex hormone produced by both men and women
Anabolic steroids synthetically produce effects of testosterone
Corticosteroid mimics steroid hormones produced by to reduce inflammation and strengthen the immune system
Very rarely abused, used to treat arthritis and inflammation
Schedule III controlled substance: illegal unless prescribed by a doctor
Anabolic Steroid Control Acts of 1990 and 2004: non-medical use of anabolic steroids illegal
face jail time and fines
Can be abused medically: once issue is rectified, use could be continued and turn into an addiction to continue building muscle
Illegal when used to improve athletic performance and physical appearance or just build muscles
Effects of the Drug
Anabolic steroids are addictive even without the "high": show results and reinforce use
Mental: Affect brain pathways and chemicals like dopamine and serotonin, leading to changes in mood and behavior
General: severe acne and fluid retention
Men: infertility, baldness, development of breasts, increased risk of prostate cancer
Women: growth of facial hair, male-pattern baldness, changes in menstrual cycle, deepened voice
Adolescents: stunted growth from accelerated puberty, premature skeletal maturation, inability to reach full height
Anabolic steroids are not addictive, they do not get you "high".
False: psychological dependence
They do not really cause aggression, and that has been medicinally proven.
False: legal evidence
Women do not use steroids.
False: Body image, athletic events, self defense
Injection, oral, gel
You think you'll get this...
But you'll really get this!
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Remember, the social, legal,
physical, and mental consequences
of anabolic steroids outweigh