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Scientific Names: Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids (AAS)

Generic Names: Enwau Generig: Product names include: Anavar, Deca-Durabolin, Dianabol, Stanozolol, Sustanon 250.

An example of what Steroids looks like
Tablets and injectable liquid in bottles or ampoules.

Desired Effects:

Enhanced muscle mass & performance, greater physical definition.

Side Effects:

In men, inability to get an erection, sterility/impotence, shrinking and hardening of the testicles, breast enlargement.

In women, enlarged clitoris, disruption to menstrual cycle, growth of facial hair, acne, deepening of the voice. If used when pregnant risk of severe damage to foetus.
  • Steroids can be toxic to your liver. If you notice a yellowing of your eyes (jaundice) it can indicate a serious liver problem. Seek medical advice immediately.
  • If injecting steroids ensure that needles are clean and have not been used; get clean needles and safer injecting information from a needle exchange or drug agency.
  • Injectable steroids always are injected into the muscle; there is no anabolic steroid designed for intravenous use.
  • Before using steroids seek advice from a drugs worker. They can give you safer injecting advice and direct you to information about steroids.
  • Taking steroids orally will reduce the risks and problems with injecting. However, taking steroids orally can do more damage to your liver and may be more toxic to your kidneys.
  • It is advised to stop using steroids periodically. Always reduce dosages gradually, don't stop suddenly.

Long term risks:

Dependence, tolerance, liver damage, heart disease, paranoia, increased aggression sometimes known as 'roid rage'. Harmful changes in cholesterol, acnes, high blood pressure and dangerous changes in the structure of the heart. If taken by young people the abuse of anabolic steroids can interfere with normal growth. If this or any other drug is injected there are risks associated with this form of drug use: it can cause vein damage, ulcers and gangrene particularly if using unhygienic needles or the same injection site. Shared needles and other injecting equipment can spread HIV and hepatitis virus infections.

Short term risks:

Psychiatric symptoms including aggression and violence, mania, mood swings.
They increase the building of cell proteins, which results in the build up of cellular tissue, especially in muscles. Anabolic steroids also have properties that include the development and maintenance of masculine characteristics such as the growth of the vocal cords and body hair.
Orally, intramuscular injection. Steroids should never be injected into a vein.
If injected, needles and syringes.
These drugs can be legally prescribed to treat conditions resulting from steroid hormone deficiency, such as delayed puberty, but also body wasting in patients with AIDS and other diseases that result in loss of lean muscle mass such as anaemia; also bone disease, breast cancer, and hormone therapy.
Anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS), are manufactured steroid hormones related to the hormone testosterone. Anabolic refers to muscle-building and androgenic refers to increased male sexual characteristics. Steroids refers to the class of drugs. Diverted from pharmaceutical industry or imported into Britain.
Most areas of the UK have ‘street agencies’ or projects (sometimes called community drug services or community drug teams) which offer a range of services including information and advice, counselling, and sometimes support groups and complementary therapies such as acupuncture. Some services have extended working hours and may offer weekend support. If use of this substance becomes a problem you can seek help, advice and counselling from a service in your area. GPs can make referrals to specialist drug services. For those suffering psychological problems due to steroid use, counselling agencies may be appropriate.

For more information, please go to the IPEDS website.

Parents & other relatives

Many drug agencies also provide lots of advice and support to parents, family members and partners of people using drugs. They may provide relative support groups or advice, guidance and counselling on a one to one basis.

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