Anabolic steroids and the negative outlook
In a society where academic students pop adderall to increase their studies and millions of people smoke marijuana to enhance their creative abilities, why is that anabolic steroids are frowned upon in a society obsessed with obtaining results by any means necessary and condemned by the legislature? According to an article on Time.com, “Researches found that 42% of people surveyed in the U.S. had tried Marijuana at least once”(Lynch par.3). Anabolic steroids were legal in the professional bodybuilding era of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno, also known as the Hulk. Governor Schwarzenegger has even admitted to using anabolic steroids throughout his professional bodybuilding career. So what makes this right? Why can’t everyone use steroids like Arnold did? That’s a simple answer. In the late 1980s the U.S. congress considered placing steroids under the Controlled Substances Act after Olympic runner Ben Johnson tested positive for performance enhancing drugs.
The Drug Enforcement Administration and other federal organizations opposed congress’s consideration of making anabolic steroids illegal. They argued that steroids do not lead to physical or psychological dependence required for scheduling under the Controlled Substances Act. Eventually anabolic steroids were added to Schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act February 27, 1991. According to anabolicsteroidsguide.com, “Anabolic steroid is a compound, a group of synthetic hormones, usually derived from testosterone, that can produce numerous physiological effects including increased protein synthesis, muscle mass, strength, appetite and bone growth”(par1). All these physiological effects are what draw attention to a steroid user.
Anabolic steroids are used for two reasons. One reason is for recreational use, meaning they are used by the average Joe who works out in the gym, or the professional bodybuilder who wants to have a career in bodybuilding. The...