Tweed security guard confesses to steroid use
ANABOLIC steroid use is rampant on the Tweed, with users selling the drug to pay for their own habit, a Tweed user claims.
The 22-year-old Tweed Heads man, who asked to remain anonymous, saidperformance-enhancing steroid use is rampant in Tweed's bodybuilding scene.
"Half my friends use them. You get them from local dealers who generally just sell them to be able to pay for their own," he said.
An Australian Crime Commission report stated national steroid seizures and arrests are the highest on record and continue to increase annually.
Detections of performance-enhancing drugs at the border were the highest reported in the past decade.
The Tweed man, who works as a security guard, said he started injecting steroids two years ago because of poor body image and low self-esteem.
I started using them to get bigger quicker...all the bigger guys in the gym were on them and I wanted to be as big as them.
Combined with relentless workouts and weight training he has increased his weight from just below 70kg to well over 100kg.
"I started using them to get bigger quicker ... all the bigger guys in the gym were on them and I wanted to be as big as them," he said.
"I continue to use because it helps me reach my fitness goals and keeps me on a straight path. I don't smoke, drink or take party drugs; just train."
The Tweed man downplayed any harmful effects of the drug and claimed any positives outweighed the negatives.
"Positive would be the large muscle gains, keeping me focused on gym, away from party drugs and overall just feeling better about myself. Negative would be a shorter temper and more sweating; every- one reacts differently from steroids."
He was decidedly nonchalant about his use of the drug and claimed those abusing steroids gave the substances a "bad name".
Coolangatta doctor Graeme Burger warned steroid use meant short-term gains for long-term pain.
"It's a practice that's fraught with danger and personality changes," he said.
"It becomes addictive; psychologically addictive. You could become impotent and all sorts of things.
"Stop, it's not good, you want to be around for your grandkids."