Prescription drug abuse rates are rapidly increasing in the United States. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the U.S. makes up only 5 percent of the world’s population, yet it is responsible for the consumption of 75 percent of the world’s prescription drugs. Abuse of prescription drugs occurs who the drug is taken in a manner other than its intended purpose such as to get high.
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Anabolic-androgenic steroids are categorized as class C drugs that can be purchased from pharmacies with a prescription. It is manufactured synthetically to imitate the effects of naturally occurring testosterone, which is a muscle-building hormone that boosts male sexual characteristics. Prescribed for treating diseases like cancer and AIDS that lead to muscle loss, many bodybuilders and athletes abuse these drugs to enhance performance and appearance.
Although it is not illegal to possess anabolic steroids for personal use, it is an illicit drug that cannot be posted or delivered by a courier or freight service or traded without a medical explanation, including selling or supplying to friends. Indulgence in any of the above-mentioned malpractices could invite a penalty or even a prison sentence. In most professional sports, using anabolic steroids is banned and competitors testing positive for such substances are disqualified.
It has already been established that anabolic steroid abuse causes a range of detrimental health conditions, such as testicular atrophy, hypogonadism, impaired spermatogenesis, gynecomastia and psychiatric disturbances. In recent years, several attempts have been made to study the impact of this substance on the cardiovascular system that has led to many disturbing revelations.
The heart is one of the important organs that is negatively impacted by the long-term steroid use as discovered by the previous studies. In one of the studies, investigators have found that the left ventricle of the heart is weaker at pumping blood during the systolic contraction in people who use steroids compared to the non-users.
A healthy left ventricle has the capacity to pump 55 percent to 70 percent of the blood that fills the heart, but this function is compromised in steroid users. Such a decreased capacity in pumping blood is linked to an increased risk of heart failure and sudden cardiac death. Additionally, diastolic function is also impacted in steroid users that results in reduced left ventricle relaxation during the diastolic phase. The rate of ventricle relaxation was reduced by almost half among the steroid users (0.93 percent compared to 1.80 percent among nonusers).
The long-term exposure to anabolic steroids could increase the risk of damage to the arteries. Additionally, it was also noticed that steroid users had an exceptionally higher coronary plaque volume compared to the non-users. The study was conducted on a sample of 12 weight lifters between the ages of 34 and 54 in both user and non-user categories.
The results of the study were somewhat predictable as it reinstated the observations of the earlier studies. The researchers found that the weight lifters who were on steroids had a reduction in the blood pumping capacity of the heart’s left ventricle while this function was performed normally by the heart muscles of the controlled group.
The abuse of steroids inflict many unwanted short-term effects, such as mood swings, trembling, nervousness, yellowing of skin, bad breath, aching joints, swelling of feet or ankles, etc.
Despite being aware of the above repercussions, people may feel inclined to use anabolic steroids due to various reasons, as mentioned above. The stopping of anabolic steroid abuse triggers a number of withdrawal symptoms, such as fatigue, restlessness, loss of appetite, reduced sex drive, insomnia, mood swings and a craving for the drug. Due to the above reasons, a person abusing such steroids would require intervention of professionals in this field. The most perilous withdrawal symptom of anabolic steroids is depression that can lead to suicide.
If you or a loved one is battling prescription drug abuse, it is imperative to seek professional help. The Colorado Prescription Abuse Helpline assists in accessing the best prescription drug abuse treatment centers in Colorado that specialize in delivering evidence-based intervention plans. Call our 24/7 helpline number 866-922-5915 or chat online with our medical representatives to know more about the prescription abuse treatment centers in Colorado.