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Sunday 01, Mar 2009

  RESULTS OF STUDY DONE ON TEENAGERS, ADDICTIVE DRUGS AND STEROIDS

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RESULTS OF STUDY DONE ON TEENAGERS, ADDICTIVE DRUGS AND STEROIDSThe results of the 2008 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study was revealed recently by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America. This study was meant to show the changes in the youth with regards to their views on drug use. From the report, it seems like the media is doing a good job in telling teens the risk of using various drugs. Parents have also played their roles too in informing their children about the negative effects of methamphetamine and marijuana. The study showed that about 50% of those who had learned about drug abuse at home will not be using these drugs in the future. Unfortunately, the use of anabolic steroids still needs some improvement with regards to discussion at home. Although only a few teens might use anabolic steroids, it is still important that they be made aware of the risks of these drugs.

According to the president and CEO of the Partnership, Steve Pasierb, the youth needs to find out more about anabolic steroids in order to lessen future chances of them abusing these drugs. Parents should approach this matter more aggressively and shouldn’t find it awkward talking to their kids about such issues.

Friday 02, May 2008

  Teens and Steroids

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Blame it on the media, blame it on parents, blame it on peer and societal pressure, but finger pointing never does any good to anyone, especially when talking about serious health risks teenagers may face with steroid use.

Steroids, or more technically-known as anabolic-androgenic steroids, are synthetic substances derived form the male sex hormone testosterone. These steroids do have therapeutic benefits, but they have gained notoriety because of their abuse in the sports as performance-enhancing drugs. Other recreational use of these controlled substances is enhancement of physique. The teenaged population use steroids primarily for the latter reason – teens want to acquire a perfect body to be ‘in’. And therein lies the problem as most teenagers do not have enough knowledge about steroids, and how these substances can be harmful to the body if misused or abused.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that 325,000 teenage boys and 175,000 teenage girls are using steroids, and your kid may be one of those statistics. How would know that your kid is using steroids? As a parent, you must be on the constant lookout for the following signs.

• Exaggerated mood swings, increased irritability and aggression, and other behavioral changes such as: euphoria, increased energy, sexual arousal, distractibility, forgetfulness, confusion and depression.
• Unusually greasy skin with stretch marks.
• Drastic increase in muscle size.
• Severe acne outbreak and stunting of bone growth.
• Jaundice (yellowing of the whites of the eyes), fluid retention, high blood pressure, increases in LDL (bad cholesterol) and decreases in HDL (good cholesterol).
• In males, testicular shrinkage, difficulty or pain in urinating, baldness and breast enlargement (gynecomastia).
• In females, development of masculine characteristics (virilization), which includes decreased body fat and breast size, deepening of the voice, excessive growth of body hair and loss of scalp hair.

You must remember that steroids are just one of the compounds being abused by teenagers nowadays. Below are just some of the few substances that could cause far more serious health risks than steroids.  (Teen can buy steroids but they are not the worse)

• Illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, and methamphetamine.
• Prescription drugs like Aderrall, Diazepam, and Vicodin. Also, over-the-counter (OTC) medicines that contain Pseudoephedrine and Dextromethorphan (DXM), which are active ingredients in over 120 cold medicines, are being abused.
• Alcohol
• Common household products such as paint thinner, spray paint, solvents, rubber glue, and household cleaners.

Monday 25, Feb 2008

  Steroid use by teenages

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It seems that steroid use in schools is overblown and overrated.  If anything, it’s something that’s a going away factor, with steroid use on the decline.  In fact, overall, since 1981 (steroids were legal in 81), we have seen the decline of steroid use in teenagers yearly.  It is clear that recreational drugs are the poison in the schools and must be dealt with.  Everything from cocaine to ecstasy to alcohol is killing the kids, NOT steroids.  Rick Collins reports:

According to the latest 2007 University of Michigan Monitoring the Future studies of 8th, 10th and 12th graders, the percentage of 8th graders who reported using steroids at least once in their lives went from a high of 3.0% in 2000 down to 1.5% in 2007. Among 10th graders, the figure went from 3.5% in 2000 down to 3.0% in 2003, then down to 2.0% in 2005, and now down to 1.8% in 2007. Among 12th graders, the decrease was from a high of 4.0% in 2002, to 3.5% in 2003, to 3.4% in 2004, and now dramatically down to 2.2% in 2007. By comparison, more than three times as many 12th graders have used ecstasy (6.5%), over three times as many have used cocaine (7.8%) or hallucinogens (8.4%), over five times as many have used amphetamines (11.4%), and a whopping 55.1% have been drunk. Nearly 18% of our 8th graders have abused alcohol to intoxication, and more than twice as many 8th graders have used cocaine (3.1%) over steroids. These statistics are not intended to minimize in any way the societal problem presented by teen steroid abuse. However, it’s dishonest for self-serving professional alarmists and sensationalistic journalists to create unfounded hysteria.