Should Steroids Be Legal?

913 Words Dec 3rd, 2015 4 Pages
Over the course of history, there have been a plethora of performance-enhancing substances and other types of drugs that have swept their way through the sports world. Many athletes have been caught in the act of using these kinds of drugs, and others have been ‘lucky’ enough to get off with little to no punishment. Steroids have taken over sports by storm, specifically baseball, where they seem to be used the most.
However, they are also assumed to be used in football, basketball, hockey, cycling or any sport one can think of. Some have argued that the use of these drugs should be legal, and I disagree with that argument. Steroids in sports should not be legal because they have a detrimental long-term effect on the human body, it is blatant cheating and an athlete should strive to be a good role model for young kids aspiring to play sports. Although steroids improve a person’s skill level at their particular sport, these drugs can also have many negative everlasting effects that might not materialize until it’s too late. Anabolic steroid use has been associated with a wide variety of side effects and they range from physically unattractive, such as acne and breast development in men, to serious and life threatening such as heart attacks and liver cancer. Most are reversible if the abuser stops taking the drugs, but others can be permanent (DrugFacts). Long-term use of Anabolic steroids can also have devastating effects on the brain. They can affect some of the same brain…
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