The Lure of Speed and Strength: Illegal Steroids Available Overseas

Americans including some under 18 are gaining access to dangerous steroids.
2:28 | 10/03/13

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Next tonight an abc news investigation uncovering a vast market of illegal drugs, hundreds of thousands of people try to buy them from overseas, drugs that promise speed and strength, but what is really in them? Abc's david kerley with the investigation tonight. Reporter: Some want this look. Six pack abs. Muscles cut. Others want to hit a baseball like this. Teens have been flocking to steroids, a staggering 1.5 million admit using the drug. Tail letter huten did but not outside affects. Steroids work like magic. Reporter: On youtube some videos promote, others lead to sites where you can buy. We're looking for steroids -- Reporter:22 million hits. Guess what? Most of these drugs come from overseas. Prescription is not required to order our products. Illegal in the united states. Reporter: An online watch dog, the digital citizens alliance saw an explosion in these sites and went shopping. One package arrived from thailand. The product said made in pack is stan. Another a vial disguised in a cake wrapper. Testing showed one vial did have steroids but it's unclear how potent. This was supposed to be human growth hormone. It wasn't. There have been instances where it's lead. Reporter: The steroids is not always made in sterile conditions, flies on filters, look at that, a motorcycle parked in the drug. This is international drug dealing and it's going directly to our kids. Reporter: Google makes money from ads for all kinds of things that accompany those videos, telling abc news it has systems to prevent ads from appearing on objectionable material and it removes millions of videos that violate our policies. Don hooten says youtube should be more pro active. Tailor was his son who after using steroids became depressed and committed suicide. If the kids can find these sites, then google and youtube can find these sites and shut them down. Reporter: Tonight after abc news started asking questions, youtube says it is now blocking its ads connected to buy steroid searches but thousands of sites remain just a click away. Coming up next here, you

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