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					         STEROIDS
      FACTS AND CONSEQUENCES
                 BY
            DAVID ROMAN
DRUG DEMAND REDUCTION COORDINATOR
TWENTY NINE PALMS, MARINE CORPS BASE
          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.
                        Fact:
 Steroid use is in violation of Marine Corps Order
  1700.24B.
 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.
          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
         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
   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.
               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.
       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.
      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.
    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.
  WHAT ARE THE BEHAVIORAL
        SIDE EFFECTS
 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.
     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.
    ARE STEROIDS ADDICTIVE
 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.

     have difficulty stopping even though they
 They
 know that it is bad for them.
                           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.
              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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