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Health Agencies Update
May 17, 2000

Curbing Teen Steroid Use

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JAMA. 2000;283(19):2514. doi:10.1001/jama.283.19.2514-JHA00003-3-1

Concerned about an upswing in the use of anabolic steroids by teenagers, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and several partners have launched a national multimedia campaign to alert the public to the health risks of steroid use.

The initiative includes a new Web site (http://www.steroidabuse.org) and the distribution of written materials, including a Community Drug Alert Bulletin and an updated eight-page report on what researchers have learned about the health risks of anabolic steroids and strategies for preventing steroid abuse. One preventive approach described in the report, demonstrated in studies to halve new steroid abuse, involves a peer-led, team-centered program to teach football players how to refuse offers of drugs and to use strength training and proper nutrition to build their bodies without using steroids.

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