About Steroids
Anabolic steroids are synthetic substances that mimic the effects of the male hormone testosterone. They are abused by athletes and body builders in particular for their muscle building and performance enhancing capabilities.
Taken orally or injected.
Street names
juicing, gym candy, roiding, roid rage
Liver damage, fluid retention, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and severe acne. In men: shrinking of the testicles, baldness, breast development, infertility. Women: menstrual changes, male pattern baldness, increase in clitoris size, deepened voice, facial hair.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse says, "Abuse of anabolic steroids can lead to serious health problems, some of which are irreversible."