Anabolic Steroids

What is it?

Anabolic steroids are synthetic variations of the male sex hormone testosterone.

What does it do?

Most commonly, people take steroids orally or inject the steroid into the muscle with purpose of improving their physical experience.

Side effects: 

Common effects that are developed after short term use are paranoia, irrational jealousy, extreme irritability, delusions or impaired judgment. Long term use commonly develops severe and/or permanent health problems such as kidney problems, enlarged heart, high blood pressure, and liver damage.


Common slang names used to describe anabolic steroids are Juice, Roids and Stackers.

  • Anabolic Steroid Abuse National Institute on Drug Abuse, (NIDA) site that collects all NIDA's information on steroids in one place.(see also en Espanol)
  • Anabolic Steroid NIDA Facts about anabolic steriods with the National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens.
  • Play Healthy This program introduces parents and coaches to the risks and dangers of steroid and Performance Enhancing Substance (PES) use. The Play Healthy presentation empowers parents with tips and tools to help their children avoid PES abuse. The Play Healthy presentation can be co-delivered by coaches, athletic directors, involved parents, and law enforcement, prevention, and treatment professionals.
  • United States Anti-Doping Agency The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is the national anti-doping organization for the Olympic movement in the United States.
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