The College Culture of Anabolic Steroids and Performance Enhancing Drugs

The culture of substance abuse in U.S. colleges extends beyond drugs like marijuana or heroin and the use of anabolic steroids has become increasingly common. According to a study conducted by the University of Maryland College Park, anabolic steroids are substances chemically related to testosterone, a male hormone that helps muscle growth. There are over 100 different types of anabolic steroids, but only a few have been approved for human use. Some examples of steroids include testosterone, androstenedione, stanozolol, nandrolone and methandrostenolone. There are three common ways people take anabolic steroids. The first is called cycling, which involves using a steroid for a period of time, stopping to rest and then beginning again. Stacking is when multiple steroids are used simultaneously. Pyramiding consists of using one or more steroids at a low dosage then gradually increasing the amount used.

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