Anabolic Steroids are any drug or hormonal substance chemically and pharmacologically related to testosterone that promotes muscle growth. A limited number of anabolic steroids have been approved for medical and veterinary use. These drugs are also illicitly used by weight lifters, body builders, long distance runners, cyclists, and others who claim the drugs give them a competitive edge and improve their physical appearance.
Anabolic Steroids can be ingested in a variety of ways: orally in a pill or liquid form, intravenously, injected with the use of a hypodermic needle, and rubbed onto the skin with the steroid in a gel or cream form. Short term effects of steroids include sore throat, bad acne/rashes, chronic headaches, insomnia, nausea, muscle cramps, and bone pain. Some long term effects include feminine breasts in men, sterility, brain damage, tumors of the liver, hepatitis, liver cancer, eye infections, kidney disease, enlargement of facial bones, heart attacks, and overly aggressive attitude or ‘ROID-RAGE’, homicidal rage.