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Steroids are muscle-enhancing substances taken in the form of needles pills or liquids They are used to gain muscle mass and to increase performance in any strenuous activity More specifically sports Steroids are very unhealthy to the body and more importantly illegal in the United States They are ordered or smuggled in from other countries Steroids are a huge problem in sports such as the NFL MLB NBA NHL and most others as well Many athletes have recently been discovered taking what they call Tetrahydrogestrinone or THG A steroid is a synthetic version of the male hormone testosterone and when a urine sample is tested the analyzing equipment is trained to search for certain remnants or Metabolites of what is left of the steroid in the athletes system Once it discovers this metabolite it registers as a spike on the read-out A designer steroid has the metabolite removed to avoid detection No matter how advanced the detecting equipment it cannot test for something that it has not been programmed to test for With a metabolite removed the drug may not be as effective as the original but it is still better then taking nothing at all Designer steroids cost as much as 15000 for a two-month course As with anything with the word designer in its name they are more expensive than normal Highly qualified chemical engineers who have access to a lab and the raw chemical compounds needed to manipulate compounds make designer steroids Some effects of steroids are abdominal pains hives chills euphoria diarrhea fatigue fever muscle cramps headache nausea and vomiting bone pains depression vomiting blood impotence breast development in men erratic aggressive behavior urination problems sexual problems gallstones high blood pressure and kidney disease Sometimes the effects are as serious as stroke or heart attack Most of these effects are caused by the needle injections which cause infections and sometimes HIV Although many athletes know all of these
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