Gym-goers getting hooked on illegal steroids

ST ILLUSTRATION: MANNY FRANCISCO

They rely on clandestine network for supply, with steroids sometimes left inside lockers

When Daniel picked up bodybuilding as a hobby, he soaked up advice from a personal trainer and other enthusiasts. But his zeal to improve his performance led him down a dark and dangerous path.

Daniel (not his real name) was introduced to an "enhancer" that a friend had bought on a "pharmacy visit" in Bangkok that could increase performance levels and quickly build muscle.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 11, 2019, with the headline 'Gym-goers getting hooked on illegal steroids'. Print Edition | Subscribe