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Steroids are derivatives of the male hormone, testosterone. These derivatives promote the growth of skeletal muscle and increase lean body mass. Athletes and nonathletes use steroids illegally to enhance performance and to improve physical appearance. Steroids are taken orally or injected.

Aggression and other psychiatric side effects, including wild mood swings involving violence, may result from anabolic steroid abuse.

Common Street Names
Roids, sauce, slop.

Legal Status
Anabolic steroids are schedule III drugs in the U.S. Controlled Substances Act. It is illegal to produce, possess, sell or use steroids for nonmedical purposes.

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