Steroids: History, Science, and Issues (The Story of a Drug)

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Providing a significant source of information for upper high school and community college students concerning steroids and their derivatives, this book provides a holistic overview of this controversial class of drugs.

• Provides readers with an understanding of the function of natural steroids in the human body, their crucial roles in maintaining life, and their effects on mental, physical, and reproductive functions

• Clarifies the differences between natural and synthetic steroids and their use in medicine and illegally in recreational activities

• Provides an overview of current legislation and federal regulation of steroids and steroid-like chemicals

• Projects the continuum of use of steroids as medications and as recreational drugs based on current research, governmental attitudes, and social perceptions of the acceptability of such substances

• Features an introductory case-study chapter about two young people whose lives were significantly impacted by steroids, putting the material into a real-world context