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How Steroids effect you

The drug version of steroids comes in two different forms: corticosteroid and anabolic steroids. Corticosteroids are completely medical and are used for medical issues. Anabolic steroids are the ones most commonly abused. Anabolic steroids are used mainly to stimulate the development of male sexual characteristics. It goes under a variety of street names like Juice, Gym candy, Pumpers, Andro, Roids, and Stackers. 


Signs & Symptoms

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Signs of Steroids abuse

When someone is abusing steroids the main, and most common, sign is what is called “roid rage”. This hyper aggressive behavior is common among those who abuse the drug. Those who continually show this type of aggression have most commonly developed a dependence on the drug which has fostered this continued aggression.

In the cases of overdose, corticosteroids are the only steroids that show any significant differences in symptoms compared to the normal side effects of using the drug. When experiencing an overdose, users could find themselves experiencing burning or itchy skin, agitation or psychosis, convulsions, high blood pressure, muscle and bone weakness, nausea or vomiting, extreme sleepiness, worsening health conditions, nervousness, depression, or swelling in the legs.

When someone is abusing steroids the main, and most common, sign is what is called “roid rage”. This hyper aggressive behavior is common among those who abuse the drug.

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Effects on the Body

When using anabolic steroids, the main use is the treatment of medical issues. Some examples being: delayed puberty in adolescent boys, hypogonadism and impotence in men, breast cancer in women, anemia, osteoporosis, weight loss disease in HIV, endometriosis, or other conditions with hormonal imbalances.

When abusing the drug, many different side effects can occur. Some being outward physical changes, internal diseases, or even mental disorders. On the outside users could begin to notice a severe increase in acne, oily skin and hair, hair loss, shrinking of testicles, gynecomastia, stunted growth in teens, or excess facial or body hair and a deeper voice in women. As far as disease side effects go, users could develop liver disease (tumors or cysts), kidney disease, heart attacks/strokes, high blood pressure, menstrual irregularities, or even infertility. For mental disorders, users could see the development or irritability, increased aggression, depression, or suicidal tendencies.

The drug can last in your system anywhere from four hours to 16 days depending on the type of steroid you use and can be traced anywhere from one to nine weeks up to five to eighteen months.


National Statistics


of steroid users

have started in their teens

5.2 Million


have abused benzodiazepines


of people

Who abused benzos became addicted.


Effects on America

Anabolic Steroids are very popular with people who lack confidence and mostly those who play some sort of sport or do some physical activity regularly. Among that subset of people, the majority of them are men in their 20’s or 30’s. The ages of those who use anabolic steroids are not just those in their 20’s to 30’s though. With 22% of steroid users starting in their teens, it is easy to see the problem can start from an early age. The number of 8th and 10th graders has decreased since its peak in 2000, but the number of 12th graders using the drug has increased between 2011 and 2015. This number did decrease between 2015 and 2016 and has stayed around the same since 2017.






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