The inside information on appearance and performance enhancing drugs (APEDs).
Today, the use of anabolic steroids and other appearance and performance enhancing drugs (APEDs) by our nation’s youth has reached near epidemic proportions, driven by young people’s belief that these drugs will help them perform better on the athletic field and will make them look better. A recent study by the University of Minnesota highlighted the fact that about one and a half million U.S. high school and middle school students – as many as 6% – have knowingly used anabolic steroids. (These numbers do NOT include the number of kids that are unknowingly ingesting anabolic steroids via the spiked supplements that they are purchasing over the counter at their local health food stores.)
“At least half of all Division I college football players have used steroids over substantial periods of time”.Â American Heart Association, 2010
APEDs have been around sports for decades, but they became a mega-problem in the 1990’s when highly visible players in American and Canadian professional sports began to flaunt their use of these drugs as a component of their super success stories. The general public soon became accustomed to equating super performance on the field with the use of APEDs. But adults were not the only audience to learn of this information, and children noticed, too. And like their favorite athlete idols, they also began using anabolic steroids and other appearance and performance enhancing drugs.
The Taylor Hooton Foundation prides itself on offering the latest, most factual information available on anabolic steroids and appearance and performance enhancing drugs. Our primary strength lays in our collaboration with leading organizations and individual experts who deal with the problems of APEDs and their life threatening risks. Our primary goal is to raise awareness and provide education about the dangers and devastating physical and psychological effects of these drugs.