Steroids : A Lifestyle Of Cheating

1639 Words Mar 31st, 2015 7 Pages
Ravaging ‘Roids: A lifestyle of Cheating Gym Candy, ‘roids, juice, pumpers, weight trainers, clear, beans and hype (Steroids and their). All of these words are slang for the illegal substance known more commonly as anabolic steroids and HGH, or human growth hormone. The controversy surrounding anabolic steroids and HGH in sports has stormed to the forefront of the many problems that plague America today. Anabolic steroids are synthetic chemicals that mimic the effects of the male sex hormone testosterone. Steroids promote increased muscle gain and muscle mass. Steroids are also highly addictive and addiction to steroids can be worse than an addiction to other drugs in terms of the effect of withdrawal and dependency. Steroids can take the form of tablets, capsules, injectable liquids, and drops (Steroids- Better). According to Fox News, ¬¬¬5% of middle school and high school aged-children have or currently use anabolic steroids. 30 to 40% of college and professional athletes have used steroids, as well as 10-20% of high school athletes (Ricki Lewis). Despite their illegality, law enforcement officials cannot devote more resources to policing steroid use and trafficking because they are still fighting the abuse of other illegal drugs that affect many more young people (McCloskey and Bailes). Steroids are more on the outskirts of the drug war law enforcement is fighting right now. Many athletes looking to gain a competitive edge on all levels use anabolic steroids because of…
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