Est. time: 15 min

Steroid use by high school students, especially by athletes, has become an issue of national concern, especially with the media attention on illicit steroid use by professional athletes. Students look to professional athletes as role models, admiring them for athletic abilities and record-setting feats. Students wishing to attain the same level of success may look to performance enhancing, non-prescription steroids as a shortcut to achieve the same results as star athletes. Written by Diane Schweitzer of the School City of Hammond, this tutorial describes what steroids are, how they are used by licensed physicians, how they may be used illegally for performance enhancing purposes, symptoms and side effects of steroid use, and what school administrator can do about steroid use.