ERIC Number: ED343038
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Anabolic Steroids: A Threat to Body and Mind. National Institute on Drug Abuse Research Report Series.
National Inst. on Drug Abuse (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD.
This report, based on findings of recent studies on the use of anabolic steroids in the United States, was written to educate the public about these drugs and the dangers of misusing them. It notes that the nonmedical use of anabolic/androgenic steroids among adolescents and young adults is of growing concern, with possibly as many as half a million Americans under age 18 abusing these drugs to improve their athletic performance, appearance, and self-image. Evidence is presented suggesting that medically unsupervised steroid use may pose severe risks to physical and psychological health. One section describes valid medical uses of anabolic steroids, explains what anabolic steroids are, and examines if they really work. Other sections focus on a brief history of steroid use, abuse of anabolic steroids, and megadosing. A section on health hazards highlights dangers specific to men, specific to women, and common to both sexes. Special dangers to adolescents are discussed, the threat of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome through needle sharing is explained, and possible psychological effects of steroid use are considered. Questions are posed about the possible addictiveness of steroids, steroids on the black market are described, and safe and healthy alternatives to steroid use are suggested. Four methods of combating the nonmedical use of anabolic steroids are recommended: testing, treatment, legislation, and education. The report concludes with a list of relevant resources. (NB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Body Image, Drug Use, Health, Physical Characteristics, Self Concept, Young Adults
National Clearinghouse on Alcohol and Drug Information, P.O. Box 2345, Rockville, MD 20852.
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. on Drug Abuse (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD.