The lost height can never be recovered" ("Education Reduces Teen Steroid Use"). One 5'10" high school football coach had a 5'6" daughter, but his son was only 5'4" tall ("Education Reduces Teen Steroid Use"). The son was winning power-lifting championships, and "His father was blind to the fact that his kid was abusing steroids...It wasn't until his son left for college-still 5'4"-that he found vials of anabolic steroids underneath his mattress" ("Education Reduces Teen Steroid Use"). Furthermore, steroid users of any age can get blood clots and high blood pressure, which can cause heart attack and stroke ("Teens and Steroids").
Despite the overwhelming risks of taking steroids, "Steroid use among high school students tripled from 1993 to 2003" (Califano 55). Further, "An estimated 1 million Americans, half of them adolescents, use black-market steroids. Countless others are choosing from among more than 100 other substances, legal and illegal, touted as physique boosters and performance enhancers" (Dowshen). An article in the Healthy Weight Journal reports efforts on the part of the National Institute on Drug Abuse to prevent teen steroid abuse, yet 1999 monitoring of students found that "2.7 percent of 8th and 10th graders and 2.9 percent of 12th graders said they had taken anabolic steroids at least once in their lives" ("Teen steroid abuse rises