Bigger, Faster, and Stronger, that's most men's dream, but at what cost and how far some people are willing to go to achieve this can be dangerous. Anabolic steroids and Human Growth Hormones (HGH) have the power to give people the extra edge needed to achieve their goal. Illicit use of HGH (human growth hormone) has become common among young American male weightlifters according to a new study published in The American Journal on Addictions. People using illicit HGH are more likely to use other illegal drugs in conjunction, causing serious and potentially fatal damage. HGH is a drug just like any other illegal drug, it use to be too expensive for the general public but the price has since dropped making it a lot easier to find on the street.
Researcher Brian P. Brennan, MD, MSc, of McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School, headed up the study and evaluated 231 male weightlifters in the U.S. aged 18-40 and their reports of drug use:
- 27 (12 percent) reported illicit use of HGH and/or its close relative, insulin-like growth factor-I
- All 27 men had also used anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS)
- 15 (56 percent) reported current or past dependence on opiates, cocaine, and/or ecstasy
"The long-term risks of high-dose HGH use are little studied, but available evidence suggests that long-term high-dose HGH may have serious medical consequences, including cardiac, endocrine, and respiratory effects, as well as increased risk for certain cancers," Brennan notes. "Our findings suggest that mounting illicit HGH abuse may represent a dangerous new form of drug abuse with potentially severe public health consequences."
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