10. Concerns about steroid use in Carbonear
Plenty of eyebrows were raised in early December after police and some community leaders in the Carbonear area raised concerns about what they said was an increasing prevalence of steroid use among a small group of young people.
“During the past year we have seen a rise in steroid-related occurrences in the Trinity Conception district, some of which did involve high school students in the area,” RCMP Const. John Hedges was quoted as saying in the Dec. 6 edition of The Compass.
The issue was first raised publicly by a community leader who brought his concerns to the newspaper.
The leader, who asked to remain anonymous, stated the following: “enhancements have altered the students’ mood, increased aggression, resulted in loss of attention and focus of students during school studies. Students have been known to gain large amounts of weight and overall physical size in short periods of time, which is not the norm with conventional strength and conditioning programs.”
Hedges said police had “identified people believed to be responsible in the trafficking of steroids.”
Under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, anabolic steroids and their derivatives are illegal to obtain or sell without a prescription.