Other Anti-Doping Awareness Week
Week 41 is "Doping Awareness Week in Sweden".
Doping is everywhere and is a complex problem. Partly because it cuts across all groups and social classes, partly because it involves many parameters: body ideals and the view of our own bodies, which in turn are influenced by our environment, media, social media, etc.
Some food supplements are also directly linked to doping, as they have often been found to contain both doping and pharmaceutical substances. Yet these products are selling like never before.
In other words, there are many different angles to the problem of doping in Sweden, but no matter how you look at it, we cannot escape the fact that anabolic steroids are illegal as well as harmful and widespread. Side effects are constantly lurking around the corner, but doping affects not only the user, but also those close to him or her in the form of, for example, mental illness or violence in close relationships.
If you want to know more about doping in Sweden and the work to combat it, you can find a lot of information on the 100% Ren Hårdträning website.
On anabolic steroids, supplements and the dangerous quest for the super body
The media often report on doping in sports. But in Sweden today, doping is primarily a growing public health problem that affects many people, everywhere - even on our campus gyms.
There are no firm figures, but authorities and experts agree that at least 40 000 Swedes take anabolic steroids every year. Very few of this group are involved in elite sports. Instead, they are gym-goers who want to build muscle quickly, often with the ambition of improving their appearance.
Doping with anabolic steroids is prohibited by law and the police have in recent years devoted more energy to combating doping, as they have clearly seen a link with organised crime, drug use and violent crime.
Against this background, it is fair to say that doping has gone from being an isolated sporting problem to a social problem.
STAD (Stockholm prevents alcohol and drug problems) has long been working to combat doping through the PRODIS (Prevention of Doping in Sweden) network. STAD has, with funding from the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs via the Public Health Agency of Sweden, developed the "100% Pure Hard Training" method. The aim is to reduce the use of doping substances in Sweden and the method is currently applied in more than 600 gyms in Sweden.