Kw-logo-smaller

Substance Abuse in Teen Girls

More and more teen girls are abusing performance-enhancing drugs.
Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is increasing among teenage girls who are trying to get the toned, sculpted look of models and Hollywood celebs. But what they may not realize is the dangerous side effects that come with using and abusing drugs. Read on to get the lowdown on performance enhancers.

Substance Abuse - Giving in to the Pressures

Teen athletes feel pressure to run faster, jump higher or swim stronger, so many turn to performance-enhancing drugs to fuel their competitive edge. However, guys aren't the only ones abusing these drugs. In the last few years, an alarming number of girls have been getting their hands on steroids and ephedrine to get bigger and stronger on the playing field. More often, these girls suffer from eating disorders and use performance enhancers to control their weight and reduce body fat.

Substance Abuse - Anabolic Steroids

Steroids are drugs that are similar to the male sex hormone, testosterone. Sure, they can make your muscles bulk up - biceps will bulge and abs will ripple - but the health risks are sky-high. They can make teen girls develop male characteristics, including smaller breasts, a deeper voice, irregular periods and excess facial and body hair (gross!). Steroids can also make pimples pop up, hair fall out and send you on aggressive, violent rampages dubbed "roid rages".

Substance Abuse - Ephedrine

For more than 5,000 years, the Chinese have been using ephedrine to treat asthma, lung infections and the common cold. But in the United States, it's sold in health food stores to enhance muscles and give you an extra boost of energy. Scientific studies claim ephedrine causes weight loss by increasing metabolism and burning fat when used in combination with caffeine, which is probably why young girls are jumping on the ephedrine bandwagon. However, abusing ephedrine can lead to serious consequences such as hypertension (high blood pressure), palpitations (rapid heart rate), memory loss, seizures, heart attacks and even death.

Substance Abuse - Just Say No

So it's true - steroids can make you more muscular and ephedrine may cause weight loss, but that's all on the outside. Using and abusing these drugs will create problems on the inside that can effect your health for the rest of your life. So before you even think about it, just say no! http://www.teenzeen.org/ is your source for teen drug abuse and alcohol prevention information.

Substance Abuse - Did U Know?

  • The use of performance enhancers has been on the rise since 1991. Today, about 5% of high school girls and 7% of middle school girls have admitted trying them at least once.
  • Common street names for steroids are roids, juice, gym candy, pumpers, stackers, balls and bulls.
  • Ephedrine is also known as ephedra, ma huang, Mormon tea and herbal ecstasy.
Related Stories:
>
>

readers voted!

Comments

Coco45

Coco45 wrote:

Theze girl need luv and support
commented: Mon Apr 14, 2014

_Taylor_Doe

_Taylor_Doe wrote:

Wow you would never think a celb would do such things
commented: Sun Apr 13, 2014

Pretty_Cheerleader
this
commented: Sun Apr 13, 2014

there are 20 more comments

Please login or register to add comments

share with your friends


Twitter Facebook Myspace Digg


like this article?
get more just like it in your email

F1116357314078

Would You Ever Try Steroids?

  • Yeah, I've already used them a few times.
  • Only if I desperately needed it to gain a little muscle.
  • I've thought about trying it, but they're way too dangerous.
  • No way!

related stories

From corked bats to sign stealers, Kidzworld takes a look at some of baseball's most in...
I'm scared of what I'm becoming. My parents died a month ago in a car accident - now I'm swearing...
Confused about Chemistry? Looking for simple answers? It's not that hard to follow if you break i...

latest videos

Dear Dish-It in the forums

Brianna09
I would never be allowed.
reply 30 minutes
Kirsteeeeen
Kirsteeeeen posted in Style:
It'd be easier to picture it if I could see the shirt. xD But chances are it'd look good. Put the lace or bows on the shirt without sewing it on and see how it looks :p
reply about 1 hour
emilyly
emilyly posted in Family Issues:
Of course you are not pregnant!!! If you just started having period, it is irregular and in the beginning can look quite strange. Don't worry! But i think you should talk with your mum, go to the doctor to check if everything is ok inside of your body and simply to have support from her.
reply about 3 hours
emilyly
emilyly posted in Family Issues:
I can imagine how hard it can be but the faster you will talk with them, the less pain you will feel. Of course it all depends on what kind of parents you have but don't give up just because they are religious. I know many people who are strongly religious but also open-minded.
reply about 3 hours
-BlueSkies-
-BlueSkies- posted in Style:
I got this shirt and it has open shoulders. I really like it, but kinda want to cover it a bit. Like sew lace or bows where it's open. But I'm not sure if it'll look good or not. Any suggestions?
reply about 16 hours

play online games

Candy-100

A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

1515_gl_kidzworld_100x100_jpg_fz

Intriguing planets, weird and wonderful characters; challenge friends and find a...

100x100_ra_logo_girl

Uncle George has left you his farm, but unfortunately it’s in pretty bad shape. ...

_thumb_100x100

Shoot blobs with different properies to merge yellow blobs. Your blobs can be re...

_thumb_100x100

We have all played the famous game Sudoku, now play it online with this Classic ...