Episodes of Rage Seen as Tip of the Iceberg for Steroid Abuse
A recent study revealed that steroid abuse my not only be responsible for random outbursts of violence, but may also be being used as an aid for the criminally inclined. The study, preformed in Sweden, showed statistically that violence due to steroid abuse occurs more often with a weapon than without, the assumption being that random behaviors would not include a weapon for the most part. According to Dr. Klotz, in the Nov. 7th edition of Archives of General Psychiatry, steroid abusers were twice as likely to be involved in weapon offences. Dr. Klotz speculated that these abusers of steroids might be taking the drug in order to aid them in their criminal lifestyle. Below is an excerpt of the article:
The researchers used the country’s national police database to link criminal convictions to 1,400 individuals who were referred for testing from a range of sources, including centers for substance abuse treatment, police custody, and private medical practitioners.
The study found:
* 241 of the referred individuals tested positive for steroid use.
* Among those, the relative risk of having been convicted of weapons offenses, compared with those who tested negative, was 2.09, with a 95% confidence interval from 1.58 to 2.74.
* Steroid users were also more likely to have been convicted of fraud. The relative risk was 1.51, with a 95% confidence interval from 1.20 to 1.89.
* There were no significant differences with respect to either violent crimes or crimes against property.