January 1990

The Use of Anabolic Steroids in High School Students

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Sociology, Loyola University, Chicago, Ill (Ms Terney), and the Department of Pediatrics, Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, Ill (Dr McLain). Dr McLain is now with the Parkside Sports Medicine Center, Park Ridge, Ill.

Am J Dis Child. 1990;144(1):99-103. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1990.02150250111046

• The use of anabolic steroids by athletes has been a frequent topic in many recent reports. While much has been written in the lay literature, there is little in the scientific literature documenting the actual use of steroids, particularly in adolescents. We describe the results of a survey of 2113 high school students. The survey was designed to elicit information about students' general knowledge about anabolic steroids, awareness of the risks and side effects, and the incidence of use of anabolic steroids. Ninety-four (4.4%) of 2113 students admitted using anabolic steroids. Broken down by sex, 67 (6.5%) of 1028 males and 27 (2.5%) of 1085 females were users of steroids. Athletes had a higher use of steroids (79 [5.5%] of 1436 subjects) than nonathletes (15 [2.4%] of 636 subjects). These data suggest that we have another serious, as yet unappreciated drug problem in our adolescents.

(AJDC. 1990;144:99-103)