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Human Growth Hormone Use on the Rise Among Teens — Physician’s First Watch

Medical News |
July 28, 2014

Human Growth Hormone Use on the Rise Among Teens

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD

The percentage of U.S. teens who reported ever using synthetic human growth hormone without a prescription more than doubled from 2012 to 2013 — from 5% to 11% — according to findings released last week by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

Over 3700 high school students were surveyed in 2013. Among the other findings:

  • Black and Hispanic teens were more likely than white teens to report ever using HGH (15% and 13%, respectively, vs. 9%).

  • Both boys and girls had used synthetic HGH (12% and 9%, respectively).

  • The proportion of teens who perceived HGH use as moderately or greatly risky dropped to 81% (from 86% in 2012).

"The results of this study further demonstrate the importance of educating young people, their parents and coaches on the risks associated with the use of performance-enhancing drugs," said the CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, in a Partnership for Drug-Free Kids press release.

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