Police have been dealing with drug dealers for years now and the problem substances have typically been heroin, cocaine, cannabis, and ecstasy. However, they are now dealing with a growing surge in demand for steroids, with children as young as fifteen abusing the substances. Gym goers hoping to build muscle are taking anabolic steroids, and police in Britain admit to confiscating doses every thirteen seconds. The danger of a serious steroid addiction problem in the UK is actual.
Increase in Seizures
Police raids of anabolic steroids in 2013/2014 are up seventy per cent on 2011/2012. This is in complete contrast to seizures of other drugs, which have fallen to their lowest number in a decade. An ex-steroid dealer told of how many people are now taking the strongest anabolic steroid on the market, Anoplon 50. These steroids are poisonous to the liver and, for that reason, athletes tend to stay away from them; the average gym goer though is taking these dangerous pills. The ex-dealer said that these are even taken by sixteen year olds who want to build muscle.
Dangers of Taking Steroids
Anabolic steroids are not illegal to use but it is illegal to sell them. Those who take these drugs tend to suffer from violent tendencies and aggression. The steroids also affect infertility and can cause high blood pressure, blood clots, mood swings, acne, and heart disease.
The problem for the authorities is that steroids are available online and many people access them in this way. This has resulted in more people taking steroids than injecting heroin in the UK. The medical director for anti-addiction charity Swanswell said, “Anecdotal evidence suggests that the use of anabolic steroids is on the increase. Steroids are prescription-only medication but are often illegally bought online or through other sources.”
He also told that evidence suggests people are using up to one hundred times the dose that a medical professional would prescribe, which has obvious dangers.
Change of Focus for Needle Exchanges
Health watchdog NICE has urged English needle exchanges to focus on steroid users more than heroin and crack users, and as such has updated its guidelines on the policy. There are believed to be 27,000 heroin users in the country but NICE believes the number of people using steroids last year was approximately 59,000. Some experts are warning that the number of steroid users could actually be in the hundreds of thousands. Other shocking figures released show that one in every 65 steroid injectors will contract HIV. This is the same level as for heroin injectors.
Why Take Steroids
Research has found that many teenagers are unhappy with their bodies and feel that they are not strong or big enough. They will begin taking anabolic steroids to help build muscle and to make them feel more ‘attractive’. If they begin to see their muscles growing and start to feel better about themselves, they may feel encouraged to keep taking the drug.
Help for Steroid Addiction
Anabolic steroids can be addictive and many people will continue to take them despite the fact that they are suffering obvious side effects. If you think you may have an addiction to anabolic steroids or if a loved one appears to have an addiction, then call Addiction Helper today for advice and support. We have a team of expert counsellors and advisors who will discuss the various treatments available. They can advise you on the best way to move forward and will put you in touch with a suitable rehabilitation centre. Our experts are trained on all aspects of addiction and they will support you through the entire process. Call today for free, confidential advice.