The Debate Over Anabolic Steroids Essay

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The Debate over Anabolic Steroids
The use of performance enhancing drugs like anabolic steroids has been a debatable topic in the United States as early as the 1950’s. Former U. S. Representative Howard Berman expresses that “Steroids can seem necessary to compete at the highest level, and the quick rewards may seem to outweigh the long term consequences to users.” The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states that countless athletes, of which are young and old, face life threating illnesses due to the use of performance-enhancing drugs, some of which will cause life long problems. The use of the illegal performance-enhancing drugs also poses an unfair advantage among athletes seeing as how not all players take part in the risky benefits steroids offer. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the use of anabolic steroids in the United States is illegal without the consent of a medical professional, while the possession and the distribution of anabolic steroids is a felony offense. By analyzing the historical past and the facts about steroids in sports one would conclude that anabolic steroids should be banned, especially since they are already illegal. Nevertheless, will banning performance enhancing stop athletes from subjecting themselves to drug dependency and a wide range of side effects that in some cases can be fatal?
The use of anabolic steroids has been a major issue not only in the United States but around the world. As indicated by the National…

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