Is The Republic Of Ireland Facing A Steroid Epidemic? | Hospital Admissions Doubled!

Is The Republic Of Ireland Facing A Steroid Epidemic? | Hospital Admissions Doubled!

Rising numbers hospitalized for taking anabolic steroids

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Is The Republic of Ireland on the brink of a steroid epidemic?

More and more people are being hospitalized in EIRE for anabolic steroid misuse. The numbers of hospital admissions has nearly doubled since 11 years ago.

This near epidemic is a result of people administering hormones which helps build more muscle tissue.

Many people are illegally taking these powerful steroids which should only be prescribed under supervision of a healthcare professional. However, sports players (see the near uncontrollable issues in English Rugby League here) and gym goers which help them train harder for longer and improve recovery rates – this leads to an increase in muscle mass.


There are some debatable and unwanted side effects from taking these hormones, one of the most popular theories is that it can cause ‘roid rage’, whereby the effects can cause irritability, increased aggressiveness resulting in violence.

The authorities have also recently intercepted a large haul which was destined for the illegal performance enhancing market such as bodybuilding were the prevalence of abuse is rife. Worryingly they were also destined for some prisons to be used by inmates who use the prison gyms.

It is also becoming more widespread in youngsters who do not realize the dangers and the disruption caused to their natural development including a possibility of increased acne, stunted growth, shrunken testicles and hair loss.

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Ben BA(Hons), PGCert

Ben established this site to be a free resource in 2015. Since then it has gained over half a million visits. He has always been interested in sport and he started playing rugby at the age of 6 represented his town, county and school. Ben also enjoys cycling, has started skiing and is in the Army Reserve representing his Regiment as part of the 150 Regimental Shooting Team. He holds a bachelor's and postgraduate degree in sport exercise & nutrition.
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