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14 deaths recorded due to steroid consumption

By Petra - Feb 06,2013 - Last updated at Feb 06,2013

AMMAN — More than 14 young men have died as a result of taking bodybuilding hormones and performance enhancers, while more cases could be uncovered soon, Health Minister Abdul Latif Wreikat said at a press conference on Wednesday.

The Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA) apprehended a group of people and referred them to court for selling the growth hormones to teenagers in fitness clubs.

Wreikat, who is JFDA chairman, said the ministry started monitoring these clubs around three months ago after it received complaints from families whose sons passed away after taking such steroids.

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