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December 16, 1988

Anabolic Steroid Use in Adolescence

Author Affiliations

University of Kansas Medical Center Kansas City

University of Kansas Medical Center Kansas City

JAMA. 1988;260(23):3484-3486. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03410230102038

The study of Buckley et al1 in this issue of THE JOURNAL is informative in describing the extent of usage of anabolic steroids (AS) in a segment of the population in which usage was suspected but data were lacking. Since many of the users among high school seniors might be described as habitual, the data may also be important in describing AS misuse in the adult population, the prevalence of which is not known and may be virtually impossible to ascertain. It may be reasonable to anticipate that adolescents will continue habitual use as adults; however, since the primary motivation among high school users was to increase strength among football athletes, the prevalence may decrease after high school, when participation in football declines. The current study achieved a reasonable response rate (approximately 50%). As with other surveys, the prevalence might be larger or smaller (this is a moot point)