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Teen Use of Performance Enhancing Substances Doubled

Friday, July 25th, 2014

studentA national study released by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids revealed that 11 percent of teens in 2013 reported having used synthetic human growth hormone (hGH) without a prescription at least once during their lives. Synthetic hGH is generally used without a prescription to improve athletic performance and appearance by building muscle. This new data demonstrates a significant increase since 2012, when five percent of teens reported using performance enhancing substances.

The study also confirmed that African American and Hispanic teens reported using Synthetic hGH at a higher rate than Caucasian teens; however, there was no substantial difference in use across gender. The data highlighted that teens are less likely to think that using performance enhancing substances presents a significant risk compared to previous years.

Travis T. Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, said, “The results of this study further demonstrate the importance of educating young people, their parents and coaches on the risks associated with the use of performance enhancing drugs.”

Source: The Partnership at

National Study: Teens Report Higher Use of Performance Enhancing Substances

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