When taking all teenage drugs into account, steroids are not abused as often as alcohol or marijuana, but there are still too many using these drugs to build muscles. It seems like an easy fix to take more testosterone to get more muscles. However, most teens have no idea of the health risks they are taking when they use steroids. Taking steroids can cause stunted growth because the teenage body is still growing and developing. Steroids can also accelerate the progression of puberty. Even more harmful is the fact that steroids can damage the liver and kidneys and can cause heart problems and high blood pressure. A young, healthy person taking steroids may have a heart attack or stroke.
Stacking is taking multiple types of steroids at once or mixing oral and injectable formulations. Many steroid abusers believe stacking increases results, but this method has not been scientifically proven.
According to teenage drug abuse statistics, too many teens are abusing steroids. Surveys show that close to 5 percent of male high school students have abused steroids, while only percent of female students have. These percentages amount to more than 500,000 young people abusing these harmful substances. While abuse rates are not as high as with some other very dangerous drugs, the damage caused by steroids is a serious problem. Young people need to be educated, as do their parents and coaches, on the real harm this type of abuse can cause.