Steroid`s Prohibition
It's amazing what athletes will do to achieve higher levels of performance
and to get an edge on the rivaled competition. Often people do not realize the
long-term effects that result from the decisions they make early in life. This
resembles the obvious phenomenon with steroids. Steroids became a spreading
exposure to athletes in the Olympics and other major sporting events during the

1950's. This use of steroids among athletes became apparent when Canadian
sprint runner Ben Johnson tested positive for steroid use after winning the gold
medal for the 100-meter dash during the 1988 Olympics. Today, a thin
fifteen-year-old can just walk down to the local gym and find sellers to obtain
the drug that will make him the idol of all his classmates. Being such an
attractive drug, as shown in the analogy above, and seeming harmless to the
unaware user, steroids can have a potentially jeopardous effect. Consistently,
users, new and experienced, have no knowledge as to the dangerous consequences
that steroids can have on their minds and bodies. Although steroids have low
death tolls in our society, banning it is purely justified because of the
extremely perilous side effects it inflicts on the unsuspecting user. Though
steroids are known as a somewhat dangerous substance, they are legal to possess
and consume. There has not yet been a true clinical study that proves such
possible side effects are linked to the use of steroids. Sure, there has been
several cases in which someone has died and an autopsy has shown that the person
was using steroids, but this does not mean they are a lethal drug as some
medical professionals have stated. Some advocates believe that because steroids
are legal, and since it's the decision of the user to take the drug, steroids
are not causing a problem in society. Millions, causing deteriorating effects on
their bodies, consume alcohol and cigarettes every day, but there has never been
a protest to put a ban on these items because of their harmful nature. So how
are steroids any different? Some people may state that the wide spread use of
steroids among professional athletes is forcing young upcoming athletes to use
steroids, even though it's against their morals. This is because they know
they can not compete adequately against their opponents who are using steroids
to achieve higher levels of performance. One might say this is how competition
works though. Race car drivers and gymnasts are out there every day, pushing
themselves harder and harder, going just a little faster, or doing a new, more
difficult trick. Many believe they are forced by their own desire to win, and
the hazardous risks they take, be it taking a corner a little faster or pulling
an extra flip in a routine, are no different than the risks a football player,
wrestler, or weight lifter takes when they choose to use steroids to increase
their skills. Many believe these reasons make steroid abuse morally justified,
and say their use in sports and other activities are just an added element in
boosting performance. It is true that there has not yet been any defined medical
research to prove steroid abuse is linked to severe medical implications. But
many chronic users dealing with massive medical difficulties believe they were a
result of steroid abuse. Alcohol and cigarettes are major contributors to the
deaths of thousands each year. Frequently we see a family member, or friend,
suffering from diseases and health conditions caused by smoking and drinking.

These conditions can often lead to an early, horrible death for the individual.

Many find these experiences an obstantial reason to not drink and smoke. In a
similar situation, young athletes see their former athletic idols suffering from
medical problems caused by steroids. These professionals will even admit to
their former steroid abuse in hopes to persuade the thousands of young athletes
participating in steroid abuse each day to make the right choice in not using
steroids. I find it hard to believe how young athletes can simply ignore the
warnings of these suffering abusers. This can partly be blamed on the lack of
education about steroids that young athletes will receive. Nevertheless, when
they see the effects steroids have in the long run on such professional athletes
as Lyle Alzado, they should realize the need to give up their abuse, even if
they must sacrifice the chance to win that gold medal, or give up that buff body
they always dreamed of. If a user was to listen to what a former addict has gone
through, and possibly died from, he may