Five Dangerous Classes of Prescription Drugs

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5. Anabolic Steroids

Anabolic androgenic steroids are, strictly speaking, prescription drugs, although they are typically taken for non-medical reasons, particularly by men who want to increase their muscle mass. Bodybuilders and athletes, who are vulnerable to exercise addiction, are among those most likely to use these drugs.

Several studies have indicated dangers associated with the use of steroids. One 2015 study showed that men who test positive for steroids had twice the rates of cardiovascular disease and death as those with negative tests.9 There is also an association between elevated aggression and violence in steroid users, and higher rates of violent causes of death, such as homicide and suicide.


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