[Cevdopagem] Less than 2% of high school seniors reported using steroids in the past year

Ana Teresa Guazzelli Beltrami aninhabeltrami em hotmail.com
Segunda Janeiro 16 12:26:21 BRST 2006


Less than 2% of high school seniors reported using steroids in the past year

(I-Newswire) - The driving force behind competition has led individuals 
within various athletic arenas to tarnish themselves, their sport and their 
country by using performance-enhancing drugs.  For example, Major League 
Baseball may never be the same after the BALCO scandal and questions over 
possibly tainted records.

The most recent athlete to hit headlines is Sesil Karatantcheva, a teenage 
female tennis player from Bulgaria.  After her second failed drug test for 
performance-enhancing drugs, Karatantcheva has now been banned for two years 
by the International Tennis Federation.

The effect of professional athletes and other role models using illegal 
substances can be devastating to our nation’s youth.  Steroid use among 12th 
grade students more than doubled from 1991 to 2004, but thankfully this last 
year the use dropped to less than 2%, according to the 2005 Monitoring the 
Future survey.

Since the 1950s, some athletes have been taking anabolic steroids to build 
muscle and boost their athletic performance.  Regardless of whether it is 
considered right or wrong in athletics, there are plenty of documented 
health risks and side effects associated with steroids.  In addition to this 
there is the abuse potential and the possibility of leading to addiction to 
other drugs as well.

Teens that use steroids are also prone to engage in other risky behaviors. 
For example, one study found that teen steroid users were more likely to use 
alcohol and illicit drugs, practice risky sex and engage in suicidal 
behavior.

“We do see a number of people that have become addicted to stimulants such 
as cocaine, crack and methamphetamine as a result of their steroid use,” 
reports a representative from Narconon Arrowhead, which is one of the 
largest and most successful drug rehabilitation and education programs in 
the nation.

When dealing with addiction, to steroids or any other drugs, it is important 
to handle the situation without using more chemicals that alter the body.  
Though it sounds simple, too many treatment programs attempt to treat the 
problem with more drugs in an effort to “restore balance.”

Narconon Arrowhead, which is based on research and developments by American 
author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard, uses an entirely drug-free approach 
instead.  The effective methods used include restoring natural health 
through exercise, a sauna detoxification program and dietary supplements.

To find out more information about drugs or to get help for a loved one in 
need, contact Narconon Arrowhead today at 1-800-468-6933 or log on to 
www.stopaddiction.com.

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