The use of synthetic Human-Growth-Hormones (HGH) by teens is on this rise.
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids issued a report Wednesday revealing that usage has more than doubled in the past year.
“We’ve gone from 5% of teens reporting using human-growth-hormone last year to 11% this year,” says Steve Pasierb, President and CEO of The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. “That’s a really significant increase in a one year period of time.”
Pasierb says there is so many online promotion of products containing human growth hormones being pushed at teenagers.
Most vulnerable are student athletes looking for a competitive advantage and teens that are very fitness conscious.
“Particularly if you have a kid who is involved in athletics or very focused on their fitness, you need to have a conversation with them. Help them understand there are no shortcuts. It’s really no different than steroids.”
Also in the study, 44% of teens reported smoking marijuana sometime in their lives; more than 1 in 3 within the past year. 23% say they have misused or abused a prescription drug at least once in their lifetime.