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During the past years the use of performance enhancing substances in athletics increased at every level of competition. Student athletes have used different supplements including vitamins and minerals, amino acid supplements, anabolic steroids and other anabolic substances, stimulants, painkillers, and a variety of
illegal street drugs.

Common drugs in sports

Anabolic Steroids

Peptide Hormones and Analogues

  • Human Growth Hormones (HGH)
  • Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH)

Other Ergogenic Aids

  • Erythropoietin (EPO)
  • Diuretics
  • Central Nervous System Stimulants


Other (Adrenergic) Stimulants

  • Epinephrine
  • Norepinephrine

Recreational and Street Drugs

  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Caffeine
  • Tobacco
  • Marijuana
  • Heroin

Over the Counter Drugs

  • Analgesics (painkillers)
  • Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

What are anabolic steroids

Steroids are hormones. Anabolic steroids or more precisely, anabolic/androgenic steroids are also referred to as ergogenic or performance-enhancing drugs. They are synthetic derivatives of testosterone, a natural male hormone.

  • Anabolic = growing or building
  • Androgenic = masculinization; developing male sexual characteristics.

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