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Steroids (Anabolic)

Brief Description

“Anabolic steroids” is the familiar name for synthetic variants of the male sex hormone testosterone. The proper term for these compounds is anabolic-androgenic steroids (abbreviated AAS)—“anabolic” referring to muscle-building and “androgenic” referring to increased male sexual characteristics. Learn more

Statistics and Trends

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Monitoring the Future Study: Trends in Prevalence of Steroids for 8th-Graders, 10th-Graders, and 12th-Graders; 2013 (in percent)*
Drug Time Period 8th-Graders 10th-Graders 12th-Graders
Steroids Lifetime 1.10 1.30 2.10
Past Year 0.60 0.80 1.50
Past Month 0.30 0.40 1.00

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