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Ever wished you could enhance your physical performance? That is what many young teens and adults ask themselves, male and female. Some people turn to dieting, and or exercise. Sadly enough some people resort to using and abusing anabolic steroids. Steroid use has become known through out the American society today.

There are over 100 different types of anabolic steroids that have been developed and each requires a prescription to be used legally in the United States. Anabolic Steroids are synthetic derivatives of the male hormone testosterone. They can be taken three different ways orally, injected, and rubbed on the skin in a gel or cream. The four different oral drugs are Anadrol, Oxadrin, Dianobol, and Winstrol. Four different injected steroids are Deca-Durabolin, Durabolin, Depo-Testerone, and Equipoise. People have three different methods of using steroids cycling, pyramiding, and stacking.

When someone is cycling steroids they take multiple doses over a certain amount of time, stop, then start again.

When they stack the steroids they will use many different steroids because they believe that the drugs interact in a way that will increase the muscle mass faster than taking one. The last method is pyramiding, the user will begin to escalate the steroid use then reach a peak amount at mid-cycle and slowly begin to stop taking them.

Steroid use is happening among teens. Results show that 3% of 8th graders and 3.5% of 10th graders reported using steroids once in their lifetimes. Compared to earlier years this is a high increase in usage. Among seniors surveyed in 1998 2.8% of males reported use compared to .3% of females, even though the amount of female use is small, it is growing rapidly.

44.8% of 12th graders, 35.4% of 10th graders, and 22.3% of 8th graders surveyed reported that it...