Steroids are synthetic hormone drugs derived from testosterone. There are wonderful drugs, if they are used rightly for right purpose, but these drugs are more often abused. According to surveys and steroid graphs, steroids are oftentimes used by young sportsmen, jocks, wrestlers and athletes. Such, without prescriptions steroid use for non medical purposes is steroid abuse, which has serious side effects and dangerous consequences.
The steroid graphs on steroid abuse reveal the clear surge in the steroid use among youngsters. The recent steroid graphs show the rise in the trend of steroid use among eighth, tenth, and twelfth graders since the mid-1990s.
The recent steroid graphs on steroid abuse are titling towards rise of the steroid abuse among the high school students and players. It has been noticed that steroids are often abused by young athletes and non athletes to enhance their power, performance and stamina, and for various cosmetic reasons.
The steroid graphs on steroid abuse also show that steroid abuse is higher among males than females. The graphs show that the steroids? use is fast on rise among 12-17 year old males, with average youngsters start using steroids at age 15. The proportion of male high school athletes using steroids is 6.6 percent and out of the 6.6 percent, 40 percent are hard-core users.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration?s National Household conducted drug abuse survey on 1,084,000 Americans, or 0.5% of the adult population, and revealed that they had used anabolic steroids. In the 18-34 age groups, about 1% had ever used steroids.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducts the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Study, a survey of high school students across the United States. A survey conducted in 2001 depicted that 5% of all high school students described lifetime use of steroid tablets/injections without a doctor?s prescription. The steroid graphs based on the study also showed that 5.8% of ninth graders, 4.9% of tenth graders, 4.3% of eleventh graders, and 4.3% of twelfth graders reported lifetime illegal use of steroids.