By changing anabolic-androgenic steroids from restricted drugs to illegal drugs has created the opportunity for criminal gangs to become involved in their manufacture and distribution.
The question of addiction is often raised when discussing anabolic-androgenic steroids. Young men who use steroids for several years then stop due to a change in behaviour, bring into question the notion of physical addiction.
Currently the most popular illicit drug taken in Australia are anabolic-androgenic steroids. The increase in the use of anabolic-androgenic steroids in Australians over the last 10 years is obvious.
One of the first questions that must be asked is: are there a higher percentage of bodybuilders with mental health problems than other parts of the population? Some research indicates that there may be.
Anabolic-androgenic steroids have been linked with body dysmorphic disorder, or more specifically, muscle dysmorphic disorder. Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental health issue and is the preoccupation with a slight or imagined defect in a person’s appearance.