Many of the most addictive drugs aren't illegal. They're doled out by pharmacists, sold over-the-counter, or readily available at gas stations. Although these drugs are perfectly legal – and can be beneficial – they have dangerous consequences when misused. And because they are so addictive, they're often abused.
Anabolic steroids, which are synthetic variations of testosterone, are legally prescribed to treat side effects of low testosterone and to help build muscle mass in men battling serious diseases like cancer and AIDS. But they are often used and abused by otherwise healthy guys who just want to bulk up. And yes, they're addictive. Steroids won't get you high, but they still mess with brain chemicals. Using them continually can cause severe mood swings, irritability, paranoia, and aggression. Even worse, they damage the kidneys, liver, and heart.
Even if you'd never dream of taking 'roids, you can still come across this junk in steroid-spiked products masquerading as dietary supplements. Beware of any muscle-building "supplements" being peddled online or in the locker room.
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