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Steroids in the News and on the T.V.
Here's a nice piece of news I thought you'd like - and a date not to be
missed to see a US TV program dedicated to steroid use.
I particularly like this line from the news below...
"The best way for athletes of all ages to improve their performance is
to follow a well-designed training and nutrition program. True success in
sports takes talent, skill, practice and hard work -- not drugs."
Someone should tell this to the world's athletes at the next olympics :-)
Here's the full news article:-
Public Service Announcements and 'In the Mix' Show Highlight the Dangers Of
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Part of the angst of adolescence is
concern about body image. In the quest for physical perfection and athletic
performance America's young adults increasingly have turned to anabolic
steroids, despite the serious side effects of these drugs. The National
Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which began a public education program about
abuse of anabolic steroids in April 2000, is now distributing public service
announcements in English and Spanish to television stations across the country.
The announcements are designed to educate teens, parents and others about the
dangers of anabolic steroid abuse.
The Institute also participated in the development of ``Steroids: The Hard
Truth,'' a special on anabolic steroid abuse among young people that will air on
In the Mix, a popular television show for teens (airing on PBS stations,
February 16, 2002, to February 23, 2002, check local listings). This program
addresses the growing use of anabolic steroids by girls as well as boys. It
features interviews with teens on sports and self-image; and provides insights
from ex-users and experts who reveal the dangers and misconceptions about
``Anabolic steroids is the familiar name for synthetic substances related to
testosterone, the male sex hormone,'' said Dr. Glen Hanson, Acting Director,
NIDA. ``While these drugs have medical uses, such as treating delayed puberty,
when abused, anabolic steroids have serious health consequences. Instead of
enhancing body image, in fact, they can do the very opposite. In boys and men,
the abuse of anabolic steroids can reduce sperm production, shrink the
testicles, and cause impotence and irreversible breast enlargement. Girls and
women can develop more masculine characteristics such as deepening of the voice
and excessive body hair.''
In addition to the public service announcements, NIDA has a Research Report:
Anabolic Steroid Abuse and other information about the health effects of these
drugs on its websites (http://www.drugabuse.gov
or http://www.steroidabuse.org ). This
information may also be requested by calling the National Clearinghouse for
Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) at 1-800-729-6686.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse is a component of the National
Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIDA
supports more than 85 percent of the world's research on the health aspects of
drug abuse and addiction. The Institute carries out a large variety of programs
to ensure the rapid dissemination of research information and its implementation
in policy and practice. Fact sheets on the health effects of drugs of abuse and
other topics can be ordered free of charge in English and Spanish by calling
NIDA Infofax at 1-888-NIH-NIDA (644-6432) or 1-888-TTY-NIDA (889-6432) for the
deaf. These fact sheets and further information on NIDA research and other
activities can be found on the NIDA home page at http://www.drugabuse.gov .
Anabolic Steroids: Is Winning Worth Losing Your Health?
By Glen Hanson, Ph.D., D.D.S.
Acting Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse
Professional and amateur athletes alike may be tempted to use anabolic
steroids to increase muscle mass and strength. Because anabolic steroids are
related to the male sex hormone, testosterone, many athletes mistakenly believe
that these drugs -- sometimes called ``roids,'' ``rocket fuel,'' and ``juice,''
-- are safe.
In fact, scientific research shows that these drugs can harm athletes by
causing physical changes that may be irreversible and undesirable.
For example, the side effects of anabolic steroids abuse include potentially
fatal liver cysts, liver cancer, and cardiovascular diseases, including heart
attack and stroke. Researchers also are studying the profound behavioral effects
and personality changes that may occur with steroid abuse, including
uncontrolled aggression and violent behavior called ``roid rage,'' extreme mood
swings, paranoid jealousy, extreme irritability, delusions, and impaired
judgment from feelings of invincibility. Users who inject steroids and share
needles risk contracting HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.
In men, male pattern baldness, breast development, and changes in the
reproductive system such as a reduction in testicle size, infertility, and
impotence, are common. In women, steroids can cause the development of masculine
characteristics such as decreased breast size, a deepened voice, excess body
hair, and baldness. Use of these drugs by adolescents of both sexes may make
them shorter because steroids can stop bone growth.
The 2001 Monitoring the Future Survey, an annual survey of 8th, 10th, and
12th graders, showed that between 1991 and 2001 use of anabolic steroids by 12th
graders increased from 2.1 percent in 1991 to 3.7 percent in 2001. The number of
12th graders who disapproved of use of these drugs fell from 90.5 percent in
1991 to 86.4 percent in 2001. These trends are a cause for concern and one
reason that the National Institute on Drug Abuse and several partners, including
the National Collegiate Athletic Association, American College of Sports
Medicine, and the National Federation of High Schools, are working together to
highlight the dangers of anabolic steroids.
The best way for athletes of all ages to improve their performance is to
follow a well-designed training and nutrition program. True success in sports
takes talent, skill, practice and hard work -- not drugs.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse is a component of the National
Institutes of Health. For more information about the health effects of anabolic
steroids, visit the homepage of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at
http://www.drugabuse.gov or its special website at http://www.steroidabuse.org
or call the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information at
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