Although most experts agree the number of students using steroids is decreasing, statistics show a number of teenagers in the United States are abusing anabolic steroids at an alarming rate. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), “The problem is widespread throughout society including school-age children, athletes, fitness “buffs,” business professionals, etc. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimates that more than a half million 8th and 10th grade students are now using these dangerous drugs, and increasing numbers of high school seniors don’t believe steroids are risky.”
Why are students drawn to this drug? Steroids have been known to help enhance performance which is highly desired for students who want to earn scholarships and compete with peers. They are also used to make muscles bigger, reduce the chance of muscle damage during workouts, and help athletes recover quicker and allow them to work out harder and more often.
Many athletes are known to use anabolic steroids, but do they know the risks they are taking? Chances are no one actually knows the risks, they are really only concerned about what positives the steroids provide. Some risks include severe acne, increased risk of tendonitis and tendon rupture, infections or diseases, depression, aggressive behaviors, and heart and blood circulation problems. Perhaps if experts explained the risks, the number of students using anabolic steroids will continue to decrease.