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J Neuroendocrinol. 2006 Mar;18(3):227-8.

Anabolic steroids: a fatal attraction?

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Keck School of Medicine University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Abstract

Anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) are widely abused, but the potential for dependence and addiction remains unclear. Recent studies from our laboratory have shown that male and female hamsters will voluntarily self-administer testosterone and other AAS. Furthermore, we have observed fatal androgen overdose during self-administration. This suggests that AAS are potentially addictive, independent of their effects on muscle mass or athletic performance.

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