Steroids and Other Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs (APEDs) Unlike most illicit drug use, misuse of anabolic steroids most commonly begins in young adulthood rather than adolescence. Teens who use anabolic steroids may also be at increased risk for some cognitive side.
Some people, especially athletes, abuse steroids to build muscle and enhance performance. Anabolic steroid abuse can lead to serious health problems.
Anabolic steroids pose special risks to teens, whose bodies are still developing. The damage may be irreversible in some cases.