Too many young people use steroids to improve athletic ability.

But....what they get is an increase in heart attacks, jaundice, liver tumors, stunted height, and severe mood and psychotic disorders.

However....there is hope. The Journal of The American Medical Association reports a study of the effect of an educational program on the football players from 37 high schools.

Those students who underwent a vigorous education regarding drug alternatives, were more likely to increase their strength training in school and showed a better understanding of the bad effects of steroids than the other students.

Education does work and is crucial.

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