Anabolic steroids mimic certain natural hormones found in the body, which regulate and control how the body functions and develops. Due to their similarity to the male hormone, testosterone, they are often used with the desire to improve endurance and performance and stimulate muscle growth.
It is predicted that over 1 million Britons are currently using steroids, with children as young as 13-years-old admitting to abusing the drug. However, when it comes to steroid use, it really is a clear cut choice between health or appearance.
Here, Sky News were able to film two producers of illegal steroids, where they create the substance in a make-shift lab, located in a garage in the West Midlands:
It really does look like a scene from Breaking Bad, but when the money is as high as £20,000 per month, I guess the rewards outweigh the risks… the risk of up to 14 years in prison.
At the end of the video, one of the manufacturers explains how the illegal steroid trade is only going to get bigger. And with an increased obsession with health and fitness in society, it’s possible that this is true.