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.
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.