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GP warning over steroid abuse in young

Recent scandals over athletes testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs are leading more young people to use them, a GP specialist in the issue has warned. Dr Rob Dawson said cases such as sprinter Dwain Chambers, who tested positive for the so-called designer steroid THG, acted as 'product placement' for the drugs.

Dr Dawson, a GP in Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear, has treated more than 600 steroid users at a specialist clinic he set up.

'Bigger-exia is becoming a problem for young men, as anorexia has been for girls,' he said. GPs need to monitor steroid use and minimise harm rather than moralise, he added. 'We find ourselves in the invidious position of being unable to predict convincingly either safety or major health risks with these drugs.'

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