Research has shown that these steroids can harm kids who are developing. Some of the negative side effects begin to show up in later years. One of the main reasons they are so controversial is because steroids are also illegal. Therefore the question that arises as steroid use increases is “Should anabolic steroids be legalized?” Discussion In this whole anabolic steroids issue, lots of people are involved. There are a number of parties that are all affected by this issue.
NIDA supported research illustrates that aggression and other psychiatric side effects may result from the abuse of anabolic steroids. Researchers report that steroid abuse can instigate wild mood swings leading to violent, even homicidal acts. When the drugs are stopped, depression may transpire and may contribute to dependence on steroids. Researchers also reported that the users may experience paranoid jealousy, extreme irritability, delusions, and impaired judgment. Steroids devastate one’s life and
However, drug abuse in professional sports can be anything. Things such as marijuana, alcohol, Human growth hormones, amphetamines, prescription drugs and other performance enhancers are just some of the drugs that are found in a drug test. "Performance enhancers, like steroids and other forms of doping, have a negative effect on long-term health. For then users of these enhancers are hurting themselves in the long run without on the average improving their short-term rewards from athletic competition, as long as competitors also use harmful enhancers. This is the main rationale for trying to ban steroids and other forms of doping from athletic competitions."
Examples of health issues are increased cholesterol, high blood pressure, heightened sex characteristics (such as increased facial and body hair & deeper voice in women; baldness and impotence in men), liver damage and so many more. The effects of anabolic steroids can destroy the body and affect the mind by causing harm to it. Anabolic steroids are also known for affecting one’s behaviour as they often make individuals more violent as they are easily annoyed. This behaviour could lead to criminal acts such as fighting, burglary, and vandalism (Abuse, N. I. (2006).
The third main reason that people should not use steroids is because it causes many other health problems in their life. (That’s if the steroids don’t kill you first.) Steroids can cause depression, hostility and aggression towards other people, eating disorders, stunted growth in young people, unwanted body hair, acne and the risk of HIV, hepatitis B and C, if you are using a needle to shoot the steroids into your veins. Steroids also can make your muscle tissue weak. When people take steroids their muscles get used to it, and then if they stop, their muscles get very weak.
All though not all athletes who use them will have these side effects or health problems. But there have been numerous documented cases of the health risks these drugs cause. Steroids have a number of health problems and some of these problems are. Increased blood pressure, high cholesterol, liver damage, stunted growth, torn muscles, acne, stretch marks, tumors, cancer, shrinkage of testicles, infertility, mood swings, depression, aggression and addiction. It is with these problems that steroids are illegal.
Illicit use of these drugs can lead to low birth weight, breathing difficulties, death, and of course the possibility of the baby being born addicted to the drug. Drug addictions in infants present themselves as irritability, fevers, and piercing cries. More specifically, cocaine use during pregnancy can cause physical deformities in the child’s eyes, bones, genitals, urinary tract, kidneys and heart and acute growth retardation. They may also experience seizures and hemorrhages. While many people believe that marijuana may not be as harmful as these other drugs, it can still affect the infant in a few ways.
Introduction To some people sports may just seem like a game, essentially making the athletes grown kids playing instead of working a real job, but to others sports are much more. Fans of cities, states, and even countries have planned their lives around sporting events, and for decades, sports stars have been role models. Performance enhancers such as steroids have come to play a major role in sports today, and athletes caught using them have become detrimental to the young athletes who emulate them. Athletes caught using steroids are essentially cheaters at their specific sport, and are setting bad examples for the children who look up to them. Also, they are creating an uneven playing field and athletes not taking any type of illegal performance enhancing drugs are finding it harder to stay competitive with other athletes who are not as legitimate.
There are many different ways that athletes can be affected by drugs. There are different types of drugs used for many different reasons Doping class | Effect on performance | Dangerous side-effects | Stimulants | Make athletes more alert and mask fatigue | Can cause heart failure, addictive | Anabolic agents - steroids | Help athletes to train harder and build muscle | Increased aggression and kidney damage | Diuretics | Remove fluid from the body. Usedto make the weight, e.g. in boxingto hide other drug use | Causes severe dehydration | Narcotic analgesics | Mask pain caused by injury or fatigue which can make the injury worse | Addictive | Peptides and hormones | EPO - gives more energyHGH (Human Growth Hormone) - build muscle | EPO - risk of stroke or heart problems.HGH - abnormal growth, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and many more. | The 1988 Olympics marked the first time an athlete was stripped of his gold medal.