Dangers of Counterfeit and Street Versions of Steroids

Abusing steroids is unfortunately common among professional and amateur bodybuilders and athletes. Pharmaceutical anabolic steroids dangerous when abused, and there are even more dangerous counterfeit and altered versions of these drugs being sold by dealers and black market vendors. These carry an increased risk due to unknown additives or ingredients and lab conditions that are questionable at best.

Dangers of Contamination in Black Market Steroids

Black market steroids are often produced quickly and cheaply resulting in an inferior product. As they are produced in basement laboratories or other non-sterile environments, there is a high risk for outside contamination. Some dealers may intentionally cut or mix steroids with other substances such as vegetable oil which can be particularly dangerous if injected. Some steroids sold illegally were originally made for animals, and, while these drugs are made in a lab setting, they have lower quality standards than steroids meant for humans.

Taking Steroids Illegally Carries a High Risk for Abuse

Even when steroids that haven’t been tampered with are acquired, there is a high risk for abuse without a doctor’s supervision. Most people that take steroids illegally are bodybuilders or athletes that are pushing their bodies to the limit. These men and women often take a much higher dose than is needed to achieve their goal. Most athletes use unreliable hearsay and word of mouth to determine doses, since they cannot consult a doctor about how to properly use illegal steroids.

Counterfeit Steroids Can Cause Serious Side Effects to a Person’s Health

Taking large amounts of steroids can lead to the following:

  • Cancer
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Suicide due to withdrawal depression
  • Weakened cardiovascular system leading to heart attack or coronary heart disease

Due to the competitive nature of athletic competition people who use steroids often increase the dose they are taking whether they need to or not, as they believe they will get more performance out of the drug. Counterfeit steroids can also vary in content and quality, thus users may take more than they think they are. If steroids are injected there is the risk of contracting HIV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C. Anabolic steroids have worse side effects for women and can cause the following:

  • Overactive body hair growth
  • Baldness
  • Acne
  • Reproductive problems

In men excess steroids are converted to estrogen, causing the following:

  • Sexual performance issues
  • Shrinking of the testicles
  • Enlarged breasts

Get Help If You Are Addicted to Steroids

Steroids can be as psychologically addictive as other illegal drugs, and counterfeit steroids carry even greater risk due to unknown qualities and dosages. Call our 24 hour helpline and get help today to avoid the risks and long-term damage of steroid abuse. All calls are free and confidential, so please call now.