Drug type: Drugs that mimic natural hormones in the body that regulate and control how the body works and develops.
Street names: Roids, Juice
What are steroids?
What is it? Anabolic Steroids are similar to the male hormone Testosterone. They can improve performance, endurance and muscle tone.
Are steroids illegal?
Legal status: Anabolic steroids are Class C drugs which must only be sold by pharmacists with a doctor's prescription. It is therefore legal to possess steroids as long as they're in the form of a medicinal product for personal use. However possessing or possessing them with intent to supply is illegal and could lead to 14 years in prison and an unlimited fine.
What do steroids do to you?
How it can make you feel: They main effects of anabolic steroids are that they may enable people to play sports or do exercise for longer or better, help to build up muscle tone and allow a quicker recovery after exercise.
What are the side effects of steroids?
The risks: The side effects of steroids vary, they can make some users feel paranoid, irritable, aggressive and even violent, and there is the risk of dramatic mood swings. They may also cause unwanted changes in appearance, because they are mimicking the bodies natural hormones. For young people using anabolic steroids can be especially dangerous as they can stop the body from developing normally.
Anabolic Steroids image courtesy of The Home Office and Talk to Frank, Crown Copyright.