When somebody dies and the media thinks that person has used steroids, the whole media-circus breaks loose. Look at the deceased professional bodybuilders last year, blunt remarks all over. Actually most steroids where legal not too long ago and their use was meant for treating illnesses.
I did a few posts on the effects of steroid abuse (abuse is something different then use). But let’s put all in perspective. Some people abuse steroids, others alcohol, or (fast) food, are smoking and most important abuse prescription drugs.
Reading this report I was wondering what the cause of death of similar young men would be. And comparing them with this new Australian study. Most people are poly-drug users, some use “legal” drugs (prescription) OTC drugs, recreational drugs or ergogenic drugs, most combine if we also count products we no don’t consider drugs like alcohol. But most of us know how dangerous the combination of recreational drugs and alcohol are, not to mention the fact that some even think they are able to drive. I’m not suggesting that steroids are not significant in ruining someone’s health, they certainly can be. But not if you compare them with other means. If you want to fight a war on drugs then do the job like you should, and also target with the most deadly ones. Just read the numbers and be surprised.
When steroids users die young and unexpectedly, their death is usually not just the result of having taken muscle-enhancing substances. And no, only a fraction of steroids users who die young have participated in bodybuilding competitions. Researchers at the University of New South Wales in Australia discovered this and much more.
The Australians will soon be publishing an article in the Journal of Forensic Sciences in which they summarise the results of 24 post mortems performed on deceased steroids users. The post mortems took place in Sydney between 1996 and 2012.