Young men taking steroids8th February 2010
According to statistics released by the Home Office as part of the British Crime Survey, thousands of young men in the UK have taken steroids.
The data estimated that around 23,000 young men between the ages of 16 and 24 had taken the drugs. Also, the age at which users started to take steroids was also decreasing.
Roy Jones, from the healthcare provider Turning Point, said: "There are needle exchanges around the country which are seeing more steroid users than any other drug user combined coming to their services so it is definitely on the up."
Current UK laws say that it is not legal to put the drugs up for sale, but it is not illegal to purchase them.
A user told the BBC that it was easy to buy the drugs online and they were delivered to his house six days later.
Steroids aid in the development of muscle tissue by mimicking the effects of the hormone testosterone.
However, using the drugs when the body is still growing can cause damage to bones.
Roy Jones explained: "Testosterone as you go through puberty starts to slow down the growth of your long bones. So if you're still growing and you feel like you want to grow a bit more, taking synthetic testosterone is not a good idea."
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Title: Young men taking steroids
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 13993
Date Added: 8th Feb 2010