March 18, 2015
U.K.: Anti-Doping Warns Over Steroid Use in Young Men and Boys
The use of anabolic steroids by boys and young men may become widespread unless society targets the drug abuse, the new head of U.K. Anti-Doping said. Nicole Sapstead, who became chief executive officer of UKAD in February, said the recent case of a 14-year-old boy in Britain illustrates the danger. The boy used his parents’ credit card to buy 50 tablets for 30 pounds ($44) online, saying he wanted to be bigger and stronger. He also sold some to classmates for 3 pounds each. He was caught after school officials searched him on suspicion of selling candy. He had 12 tablets left. “This isn’t an isolated incident,” Sapstead said in an interview at the Tackling Doping in Sport conference in London. “There is a possibility it will become endemic with the accessibility of steroids on the Internet.”
She said the boy’s school disciplined him, and she didn’t know the result. Boys and young men may take steroids for competitive sporting reasons or because they have poor body image, she said.“They’re looking for a quick win and a quick means to their ultimate aim, which is to be bigger and stronger and more muscular and have a washboard stomach,” she said. “But it’s really dangerous stuff.” Steroid abuse can damage the heart and is associated with increased aggression, depression and fertility issues. It can also cause acne.