Adverse effects, help seeking and ratings of service helpfulness among anabolic androgenic steroid users

Zahnow, Renee, McVeigh, Jim, Ferris, Jason and Winstock, Adam (2017) Adverse effects, help seeking and ratings of service helpfulness among anabolic androgenic steroid users. Contemporary Drug Problems, 44 1: 69-83. doi:10.1177/0091450917694268


Author Zahnow, Renee
McVeigh, Jim
Ferris, Jason
Winstock, Adam
Title Adverse effects, help seeking and ratings of service helpfulness among anabolic androgenic steroid users
Journal name Contemporary Drug Problems   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0091-4509
2163-1808
Publication date 2017-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0091450917694268
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 44
Issue 1
Start page 69
End page 83
Total pages 15
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Subject 3306 Health (social science)
2719 Health Policy
2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
3308 Law
Abstract There are a number of adverse health effects associated with the use of anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS), ranging from mood disturbances to gynecomastia and impaired sexual function. Despite the potentially serious nature of adverse effects, evidence suggests that users are reluctant to seek medical assistance. This study explores factors associated with health service engagement and treatments related to service satisfaction among a sample of AAS users. The analyses are based on a sample of 195 respondents from the Global Drug Survey 2015 who reported using steroids in the previous 12-month period and experiencing concerns about adverse health effects. The results indicate reluctance among AAS users to engage with health services, with only 35.23% reporting that they visited a doctor when experiencing concerns about adverse effects. Concern about sexual function increased the likelihood that users engaged with health services, while concern about changes in sexual organs decreased the odds of service engagement. Among AAS users who engaged with health services, individuals who received a mental health assessment or diabetes test rated the service as more helpful than those who did not; a finding that resonates with literature indicating a desire among AAS users to monitor the health impacts of their drug use and respond to issues as they arise. While more research is needed, the present results underscore a need for nonjudgmental health services aimed at assisting AAS users to monitor adverse effects and minimize harm through early intervention.
Keyword Steroids
PIEDs
Help-seeking
Global Drug Survey
Health services
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Wed, 12 Jul 2017, 09:53:34 EST by Dr Renee Zahnow on behalf of School of Social Science