Most parents don’t consider steroids when someone mentions teen drug abuse. That is mostly due to the fact that steroids are illegal for teens and they are not something that can be easily found on the streets, which is wrong. It is very easy for teens to get their hands on steroids; they can get them in the gym, order them online or really get them on the streets which makes them even more dangerous as the origin of those drugs is unknown.
If you are wondering why a teen would need steroids there are several answers to that question. The most obvious one is for athletic reasons. Teens under pressure will do just about anything to get that advantage needed, unfortunately for them both side effects and the fact that these steroids may not help them make steroid use even more dangerous and practically useless. Other teens use steroids because of their appearance; boys wish to look like athletes, common pressure from the media which is the same as for girls and models.
Anabolic steroids are artificial hormones that resemble male hormone testosterone. They can be either injected into the body or take orally. Usually athletes tend to abuse anabolic steroids in order to enhance their performance and to build muscle mass. Long term abuse of anabolic steroids will leave serious permanent consequences; the most troublesome fact about teen steroid abuse is that these consequences are mostly visible after a longer period of time like 10 or even 20 years. This makes teens believe that there is no harm in taking anabolic steroids.
The long term male teen steroid abuse can lead to serious side effects such as:
- Permanent liver damage
- Fluid retention
- High blood pressure
- Increased body temperature
- High levels of cholesterol
- Testicle shrinking and baldness
- Development of breasts with male users
- And in some cases infertility
Most of these side effects apply to female steroid abusers in addition to:
- Facial hair growth
- Menstrual changes
- Hormonal imbalance
- Deepening of voice
There are other risks of teen steroid abuse that include permanent growth stunt, acceleration of puberty changes and a severe acne outbreak. The risk of contracting various diseases is great, especially for those that inject steroids, so chances of getting HIV or hepatitis is great. Teen steroid abuse is a serious issue like we already stated in this article and it is important to start with a treatment as soon as possible.