Anabolic steroids, both the perceived risk and actual use, have fluctuated over the years, much in part due to stories of professional athletes and their steroid usage. But in recent years, most professional athletes have been penalized for their use of steroids – and that’s because in many cases, they are illegal.
Temptation That's Too Much to Bear
Despite the negative light steroid use receives, some people are still tempted to use them.
Males and females can use steroids. Males find them appealing when trying to make their muscles larger and voices deeper. Some women take steroids to change their menstrual cycles and reduce their breast size.
It’s never a bad idea to keep a close eye on your team – even if they’re star-studded athletes or state champions.
Even if they’re not abusing illegal drugs like marijuana and cocaine, it doesn’t mean steroids couldn’t be a possibility or a risk for the people in your life. Watch them closely and look for changes.
If you suspect steroids and need to test to be sure, contact us. We can provide testing for both individuals as well as entire programs full of multiple teams.
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What Does Pattern Abuse Of Anabolic Steroids Look Like?
The misuse of anabolic steroids has many mediums, from oral consumption to direct injection. One of the greatest risks in these cases is the use of steroids without proper medical dosage, even reaching 100x the proper dosage in some cases.
Common practices to apply steroids include:
Multiple doses for a time, stopping for a bit, finally followed by restarting the cycle
Combining multiple and different steroids, even an assortment of injectable and/or oral types
This is a gradual increase of each dose or frequency of the steroid application, hitting a maximum dosage, ending with a gradual decreasing to a complete stop
Switching or overlapping with another kind of steroid to prevent the body from developing a tolerance to the original type
Be prepared for your drug test:
- Bring your Government Issued Picture ID
- Bring Drug Test Paperwork or Authorization
- Complete TSL Intake Form & HIPAA Disclosure
- Pay for your Test on the same day it happens
- Make sure you are hydrated if you are performing a Urine Test
- Expect to have your nail polish removed if getting a Nail Drug Test
- We do not need your prescription information but a Medical Review Officer (MRO) may contact you after collection to verify your medications.
- For urine testing, plan on arriving 3 hours before we close (1 hr minimum) to provide a cushion of time for a shy bladder situation.
- For hair testing, be sure to dry your hair completely before arriving.
- For nail testing, be sure to clean your nails with soap and water before arriving. Also, artificial nails and polish must be removed.
What Are Your Hours?
All Test Smartly Labs are open Monday through Friday, from 9am - 5pm
The Overland Park Testing Center is also open from 9am – 1pm on Saturdays
Do We Need To Have An Appointment?
No appointment is required to come into our labs, and all of our locations are on a walk-in basis. However, it is recommended you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to closing. If your situation requires special time considerations, please call us to determine if it would be better to arrange an appointment time.
Do I Need Doctors’ Orders For Testing?
No doctors’ orders needed, we are a Direct-Access Testing Center. You are encouraged to consult your medical professional with your lab test results.
What’s The Turnaround Time For Lab Work?
Average turnaround time is 2-5 business days depending on the complexity of the lab work. Most tests are available in 2-3 days.
Do You Need A List Of My Medications For A Drug Test?
Per protocol, the lab techs are not allowed to receive or ask for your medications. A medical review officer or MRO, a licensed physician who specializes in toxicology, will call you and ask for your medications and your physician’s phone number if it’s detected in your sample during testing. The MRO will then call your physician to verify your medications.