Teenagers Using Steroids - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Teenagers Using Steroids

Published November 19, 2014

Smugglers receive mild sentences

Smugglers receive mild sentences

Boys as young as fourteen year old use steroids to achieve a certain physical appearance, says Skúli Skúlason, Chair of the National Olympic and Sports Association’s drug committee, interviewed by RUV. Parents have worried about the drug use, he says.

He claims that teenagers’ use of steroids is not caused by an ambition for achievements in sports, but by a focus on appearances. He cites the notion of “reverse anorexia,” also known as muscle dysmorphia: a disorder in which a person becomes obsessed with the idea that they are not muscular enough.

Skúli points out that steroids are not mentioned in Iceland’s legislation on addictive drugs. He says that the legal scope of punishment for smuggling steroids is thus limited and sentences lenient.

Toll authorities verify that the amount of steroids they seize has increased significantly in recent years.

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