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Young using steriods

30th November 2007

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs has said that "tens of thousands" of young boys are risking the use of anabolic steroids in an effort to make themselves more appealing to the opposite sex.

Boys, some as young as 12, use the drugs to add muscle despite the health dangers involved.  According to Professor Sir Michael Rawlins, the council's chairman, these include skin problems, sterility and breast enlargement.

'It can also make the testicles wither - which is probably not what the users want,' he informed the council's first public meeting.



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