Illegal (Class C) – however can be obtained with a Doctor’s prescription
Approx £20 for 100 doses but prices can vary greatly
Stimulant/Performance Enhancing Drug
Anabolic steroids may help sports players train harder and longer.
If anabolic steroids are taken when exercising lots they may help with faster recovery times and with the building up of muscle – but this muscle is actually increased water retention.
They can make some users feel paranoid, irritable, aggressive or even violent, and they can cause dramatic mood swings.
They can sometimes cause unwanted changes in appearance in both men and women.
If injected they put you at risk of vein damage; sharing needles can lead to Hepatitis C and HIV.
Steroids are drugs that mimic certain natural hormones in the body. There are two main groups of natural steroids – anabolic steroids and corticosteroids. It is anabolic steroids that tend to be misused, mainly because they are similar to the male hormone testosterone and they can improve endurance and performance and stimulate muscle growth.
Steroid use effects the hormones in the body and can cause problems that can’t always be put right;
For girls – grow hair on your face, shrink your breasts and give you a deep voice, mess up your period, loss of hair on the head and changes in sex drive
For boys – shrinks your testicles, grow breasts and reduce your sperm levels.
Steroid use can lead to severe mood swings and aggression – this is often called ‘ROID RAGE’!
Steroids can mess up how your body develops, stopping you from growing properly.
They can sometimes cause unwanted changes in appearance like acne.
Steroids can also give you high blood pressure and increase your risk of illness and death due to liver failure, stroke or heart attack
Regular users may find that they start having trouble sleeping.
Steroids should not be mixed with other substances.
Steroids should not be injected as they can cause vein damage and there is a risk of developing Hepatitis and HIV if needles are shared.
Do not share injecting equipment and get clean needles if there is a likelihood of injecting steroids – you can get these from some pharmacies and drug and alcohol services in your local area.
Avoid buying steroids online or on the “black market” as, in most cases, they are fake products.
Never exceed the dose on the packet and don’t mix different steroids together (sometimes called ‘STACKING’).
It is not advisable to mix steroids with alcohol or cocaine (or any other substance) as these can increase ROID RAGE (aggression) and increase the chance of heart problems.
Steroid use should be decreased gradually. If use is cut quickly it can lead to severe depression, psychosis and suicidal feelings.