Is Steroid Use Still Prevalent
Ever since their introduction into sports in the later 1950's the use of anabolic steroids has been a controversial issue. Much debate has arisen dealing with whether steroids should be allowed for performance enhancement. If you're not familiar with them, The 1994 Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines an anabolic steroid as, ”any of a group of synthetic hormones sometimes taken by athletes in training to increase temporarily the size of their muscles."
However, it's not just the athletes preparing for rigorous competition that have been using these. Business Weekly told of a study performed by the University of Illinois in which the results were shocking. According to Paul Goldstein, the chief investigator, individuals from all walks of life have admitted to the use of steroids. He states, “We’re finding firemen, students, lawyers, teachers- people from all economic classes--most of them taking the drugs for cosmetic reasons" 177 All of these individuals had admitted to use because of the positive effects the steroids provide for their appearance. Along with these positive effects also come the negative ones. Symptoms such as acne, psychotic states, paranoia, headaches, high blood pressure, heart failure, strokes, and liver and kidney damage with quite a lengthy list of other harmful side effects related to extensive use. According to Dr. Robert Vow in his book Drugs, Sports, and Politics, along with trying to keep competitions fair and equal for all who entered, these were the main reason that anabolics have been banned from sports since the 1976 Olympic Games.
Since these early years, not much has been heard about the use of steroids. True, occasional incidents remind us they are still around. For instance, when Ben Johnson was stripped of his gold medal in the 1988 Seoul Olympics and Lyle Alzado's death in 1992. For the most part though things seemed to have quieted down. This is...