We presented a scientific 'paper' (poster exactly) today in "Steroid Use in Iowa Youth" here in Chicago at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In 85,000 survey questionnaires filled out by 6th, 8th, and 11th graders, 2.5% of males, and 1.2% of females endorsed anabolic steroid use at some time in life.
The use of steroids increased with increasing grades and age.
Of course a survey is not foolproof...students can exaggerate, or may misread the question.
These data are not earthshaking, however this the largest cohort ever surveyed...and those numbers are significant in a rural state.
Steroid use in youth is not without side effects. Consider Taylor Hooton, who father Don will join us in Chicago a presentation on Saturday.