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Steroids A story of addiction

Words Can Work offers these facts about anabolic steroids.

Anabolic steroid use can lead to aggression and other psychiatric side effects including extreme mood swings. 1

Researchers report that users may suffer from paranoid jealousy, extreme irritability, delusions, and impaired judgment stemming from feelings of invincibility.1

The prevalence of lifetime illegal steroid use among 9th grade female students is 7.3 percent, up from 1.4 percent in 1993. 2

There has been a 50 percent increase in the number of teens who have tried steroids since 1991.3

Over 90 percent of high school students view steroid use as dangerous.3

Teen steroid users are more likely to use alcohol and illegal drugs, practice risky sex, and engage in suicidal behavior. 4

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1. American Journal of Psychiatry
2. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
3. National Institute on Drug Abuse
4. Sociology of Sport Journal

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