Steroids: The Hard Truth
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Steroids: The Hard Truth

Many people think that steroid abuse only happens in the world of professional athletes and bodybuilders, but the "hard truth" is that it's moved far beyond that. More and more teens are turning to these substances as a shortcut to increasing their athletic performance or reaching "physical perfection." [Watch video clip] This In the Mix special, hosted by actor Kevin Sorbo, explores the harsh realities of steroid use, including the health risks, emotional issues and legal consequences.

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While young men and women discuss the allure of steroids for sports and self-image, several experts weigh in with the facts on how these drugs can affect the body. Matthew, who became addicted to steroid use and then started dealing, describes how his life began to spiral downwards after he began abusing. We examine the phenomenon of "roid rage", as well as the emotional and psychological consequences of steroids. [Watch video clip]

In the Mix also gives the lowdown on other types of hormones and the thousands of athletic supplements available over the counter. Finally, we take a look at some prevention programs that helps young people learn about proper exercise and eating habits. [Expert advice on a healthy workout routine]

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"Steroids: The Hard Truth" was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The program is regularly re-broadcast on PBS affiliates across the country. Please check our schedule and your local PBS listings for airtimes.

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