This is a topic I can comment on with complete confidence. I have arthritis in all of my major joints and I am under a doctor's care for the condition. One of the main drugs prescribed by my doctor who is the president of the arthritis foundation here in Thailand is a steroid. I have been on it for over two years now with no ill effects. Taken properly steroids can be a useful tool for the medical profession. It is when individuals take it upon themselves to abuse the drug that it becomes a problem for them and society.