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Massive increase in young men using anabolic steroids

Four times as many young men are using steroids Credit: ITV News

Drugs workers in our region say they are seeing a massive increase in the numbers of young men turning to potentially dangerous drugs because of pressures over their body image.

Experts say 16 to 24-year-old men who are obsessed with bulking up their muscles in pursuit of a so-called perfect body are responsible for a four fold increase in the abuse of anabolic steroids.

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But the true scale of the problem is thought to be much greater - and is exposing some users as young as 16 to the risk of heart disease, multiple cancers and mental illness.

Experts believe young men who are obsessed with bulking up their muscles has meant there has been a four fold increase in the use of steroids Credit: ITV

As part of a special report, Ben Turner has been to meet one former steroid user from Huddersfield: