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Title: STEROIDS


1
STEROIDS
  • FACTS AND CONSEQUENCES
  • BY
  • DAVID ROMAN
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Cherry Point MCAS

2
WHAT ARE ANABOLIC STEROIDS
  • Anabolic steroids are the synthetic derivatives
    of the naturally occurring male anabolic
    testosterone.
  • Anabolic meaning to build and androgenic meaning
    masculinizing. They are taken primarily to
    increase muscle mass.

3
Fact
  • Steroid use is in violation of Marine Corps Order
    1700.24B. Article 112A any substance that is set
    to increase muscle mass without a prescription
    from a license physician in the United States is
    illegal.
  • Many of our Marines and Sailors come back from
    IRAQ with an average weight loss of 15-23 pounds.
    This weight loss effects our bodybuilders,
    weightlifters and power lifters seriously. For
    some of these athletes they do not want to wait
    for their body to catch up to them.
  • They want instant gratification and they want it
    NOW. So they result to steroid use.
  • Regardless of the consequences.

4
Some possible Consequences
  • Men who take steroids may experience
  • 1. Reduce Sperm Count
  • 2. Impotence
  • 3. Development of Breast
  • 4. Shrinking of the Testicles
  • 5. Difficulty or Pain when Urinating
  • 6. Kidney damage
  • 7. Liver Damage
  • 8. Premature Heart Attacks
  • 9. Rapid Weight Gain
  • 10. Legal problems, Loss of pay, reduction in
    rank, brig time and other than honorable discharge

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Some possible Consequences
  • Woman who take steroids may experience
  • 1. Facial Hair Growth
  • 2. Deepened Voice
  • 3. Breast Reduction
  • 4. Menstrual cycle changes
  • 5. Rapid weight Gain
  • 6. Premature Heart Attacks
  • 7. Elevated Cholesterol Levels
  • 8. Legal problems, Loss of Pay, Reduction in
    Rank, Brig Time and other than Honorable
    Discharge

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HOW ARE STEROIDS TAKEN
  • Steroids can be taken orally or they can be
    injected.
  • Side effects have associated with the oral form
    were discovered to be more dangerous to the
    liver.
  • But the injectable steroids are not free from
    side effects.

9
WHO TAKES STEROIDS
  • It use to be just the athlete or only men.
  • In 2004 research found an alarming increase in
    high school students 5-12 males and 1 female
    adolescents use steroids before their senior year
    in high school. In 2005 2.6 of high school
    seniors have admitted to using steroids at least
    once ( male and female).
  • All linked by the desire to hopefully look,
    perform and feel better about oneself, regardless
    of the dangers.
  • Some adolescents abuse steroids as part of their
    high risk behaviors such as drinking and driving,
    carrying a gun, not wearing a helmet on a
    motorcycle and abusing other illicit drugs.
  • In a series of interviews we have found that 25
    of male weightlifters reported memories of
    childhood physical or sexual abuse compared to
    those men who did not take steroids. Some women
    lifters taking steroids reported being raped or
    sexually assaulted so they would increase their
    size by being bigger and stronger to discourage
    further attacks because now they look
    intimidating and less attractive.

10
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH HAZARDS OF STEROIDS
  • Some are Physical, others are psychological.
    With unsupervised steroid use, megadosing or
    stacking (using a combination of different
    steroids), the effects can be irreversible or
    undetected until it is too late.
  • Also if steroids are injected, transmitting or
    contracting HIV and Hepatitis B through shared
    needle use is a real concern.

11
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH HAZARDS OF STEROIDS
  • Unlike almost all other drugs all steroid based
    hormones have one unique characteristic-their
    dangers may not manifest for months, years and
    even decades.
  • Therefore long after you give them up you may
    develop side effects.

12
WHAT ARE THE BEHAVIORAL SIDE EFFECTS
  • Anabolic Steroids can cause severe mood swings.
  • The steroid user will experience bouts of
    depression or extreme irritability to feelings of
    invincibility and outright aggression, commonly
    known as ROID RAGE.
  • This is a dangerous state beyond mere
    assertiveness.

13
BEHAVIORAL SIDE EFFECTS FOR ADOLESCENTS
  • Adolescents who use steroids can halt their
    growth prematurely.
  • What happens is that steroids closes the growth
    center in adolescents bones once these growth
    plates are closed, they cannot re-open so
    adolescents that take steroids for a long period
    of time may end up shorter than they should have
    been.
  • Over twenty-four states have a prevention and
    education program on Steroids.

14
ARE STEROIDS ADDICTIVE
  • Recent evidence suggest that long-time steroid
    users and steroid abusers will experience the
    classic characteristics of addiction.
  • It will be psychological and physical depending
    on the length of use
  • They will have cravings similar to those of
    Methamphetamine withdrawal and detoxification,
    difficulty in stopping steroid use and withdrawal
    symptoms.

15
Withdrawal Phase
  • They experience withdrawal stomach pains when
    they stop taking the drug so they start up again
    and the pain goes away. Some users begin using
    opiates as a result of their depression from
    steroid use and use opiates intravenously.
    Steroids has now become their gateway drug.
  • They have difficulty stopping even though they
    know that it is bad for them.

16
TESTING
  • Navy drug labs do not test for Steroids, these
    urine samples have to be sent to a different lab
    at a cost of 245.00 a sample.
  • Steroid users have found ways of beating the test
    by buying STEROID CLEANSE KITS.
  • These kits come in a three part system
    consisting of Pre-cleanse pills, a regiment of
    fluids and the suppliers anti-toxin solution.
  • They have proven to be 100 safe and effective.
    These kits remove ALL traces of steroids from the
    urine in three days and have proven to beat the
    EMIT and GC/MS confirmation drug tests performed
    by drug testing labs.
  • If a Marine was going to be tested for Steroids
    he must be tested right there on the spot, DO NOT
    GIVE THE MARINE TIME BEFORE THEY TEST.

17
STEROIDS TODAY
  • Last year we reported over two dozen types of
    steroids that our Marines may have access to.
    Today it is three dozen Here in California the
    Marines can go to Mexico and purchase them, some
    of the pharmacies give them different brand names
    to camouflage the contents and keep up with
    supply and demand and to avoid detection of sale.
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