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21 January 2011

Weightlifters dope with human growth hormone

A new study reveals that illicit use of human growth hormone has become common among young male weightlifters.

A new study published in the American Journal on Addictions reveals that illicit use of  human growth hormone (HGH) has become common among young male weightlifters.

Additionally, illicit HGH use in this population is often associated with polysubstance abuse involving both performance-enhancing and classical drugs.

Results found that 27 (12%) reported illicit use of HGH and/or its close relative, insulin-like growth factor-I. All of these 27 men had also used anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS), and 15 (56%) also reported current or past dependence on opioids, cocaine, and/or ecstasy.

 
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