sometimes referred to as “juice” or “roids”—are actually synthetic forms of the male hormone, testosterone. It may be used legitimately to induce puberty or to help those suffering from wasting diseases like AIDS or cancers. Technically, this group of substances is called anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS).
Aside from the people that are prescribed these substances for medical reasons, anabolics are abused by people looking to change their physical health, performance, and/or appearance. Common users of anabolic steroids include:
- Body builders looking to gain muscle.
- Athletes hoping to improve their skills.
- People trying to expedite recovery from an injury.