The Facts about Steroids


Many young people are tempted to take steroids because they believe they will become better athletes or be more attractive. Steroids explains why this is a dangerous belief.

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Many young people are tempted to take steroids because they believe they will become better athletes or be more attractive. Steroids explains why this is a dangerous belief.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Leis-Newman
The dangerous effects of steroids are discussed in Steroids, with testimonials, pictures, graphics, and anecdotes to bolster the medical information. Chapters ddetail how steroid use has increased, why steroids have negative effects, cases and law surrounding steroid use, and treatment of people who quit steroids. The book begins with the compelling case of Olympic athlete Marion Jones, who had her medals stripped when it was revealed that she used steroids. While the book offers some good information, especially describing how to grow stronger through exercise and a healthy diet, it comes across as heavy-handed, plus lacks definition for words like "testicles" and "HIV." Some of the pictures, including the cover photo, depict a very buff athlete who presumably used steroids, which sends a mixed message. Steroids is part of a series entitled "Drug Facts" with other titles about Alcohol, Ecstasy, Inhalants, and Marijuana. Reviewer: Elizabeth Leis-Newman
Children's Literature
Part of Benchmark Books' "Drugs" series, this title presents a discussion about anabolic steroid use. Five chapters provide an introduction to steroid use among young people, types of natural and artificial steroids, their effects on organ systems, drug testing, and steps toward breaking a steroid habit. The scope of the book is broad, covering a range of topics such as discussion of the physiology of skeletal muscles, the function of the limbic system and the Fourth Amendment aspects of drug testing. This is largely an effect of the author's tendency to discuss relevant topics in a degree of detail unrelated to steroid use (e.g., the argument that steroid-free health should include muscular exercise occasions a page-long discussion about injuries related to misuse of weight training equipment by teens). The resulting text is complex and dense, and thus better suited as a review or precis for adults who educate young people about steroid use and risks. Generally speaking, the discussion is pitched at a level that will exceed that of a high school student's knowledge of biology. Of particular concern is the final chapter on achieving and maintaining a steroid-free life. The section on how to quit contains no discussion about the physiological need to taper off steroid use, a potentially dangerous oversight in view of the remainder of the chapter, an up-beat account of ways to stay healthy and active without steroids. 2005, Benchmark Books/Marshall Cavendish, Ages 12 to 18.
—Deborah Dysart-Gale
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Gottfried includes historical aspects of alcohol and society, including humans' first experimentations with fermentation, Prohibition, and the temperance movement; related laws and legislation; and definition, causes, treatment, and effects. Levert discusses the effects of steroids on the body, health risks, the law, prevention, and treatment. The medicinal use of steroids is very briefly mentioned. Menhard addresses the types of inhalants, the history, dangers, effects, available help for abuse of these drugs, and the laws regulating them. All three titles have readable, well-organized texts, and good use of color, graphics, photographs, tables, diagrams, and labels helps to spark readers' interest. Many of the sidebars are stories of people affected by these drugs. Addresses for organizations that can help are appended. Balanced, quality discussions attractively packaged.-Beth Jones, Shelby County High School, Shelbyville, KY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7–Presenting the “history, effects, and dangers” of these drugs is not easy, yet these authors do just that in compact and concise packages. Salient and interesting points of history are noted, such as sidebar information about Carry Nation, who strong-armed bars by wielding an axe against their stock (Alcohol), or the fact that the colony of Virginia required farmers to grow hemp (Marijuana). Smooth transitions bring readers up-to-date with present laws. Each book provides clear explanations about effects, followed by diagrams of the body to clarify the specific organs/body systems that suffer the most damage. The presentations are straightforward, especially in the acknowledgment that because of peer pressure, the decision to try drugs is often made without knowing all about the possible consequences. This series provides an excellent starting point for remedying that problem.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761443520
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: Benchmark Rockets: Drug Facts Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

1 AGrowing Problem 4

2 The Problem with Steroids 6

3 Steroids and the Law 15

4 Quitting Steroids 22

Glossary 28

Find Out MOre 30

Index 31

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