The PerformanceEnhancing Drug Controversy

Performance-enhancing drugs are a topic in todays society which is currently under hot debate. Performance-enhancing drugs are substances which are used to stimulate certain areas of the body to make an athlete excel in a certain event. The most common form of performance-enhancing drugs are called steroids. According to Hank Nuwer in his book Steroids, steroids are …compounds that are necessary for the well-being of many living creatures, including human beings. These include sex hormones, bile acids, and cholesterol (15). Steroids are used in the medical field to treat many ailments, and this use is not the use which is currently under controversy. The medical reasons are to treat anemia, burns, asthma, anorexia, intestinal disorders, and much more (Nuwer 15). These types of steroids are called cortical steroids. But the other use of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs is that they are used by athletes who wish to gain an unfair advantage over their competitors, or use them to keep up with the competition since so many athletes are using these types of drugs. These drugs are taken in a variety of ways. The two most common ways are to be taken orally in pill form, or injected into the body with a needle. Just a few of these performance-enhancing drugs are Nelvar, Deca-Durabolin, Anavar, Stanzolol, Dianabol, and Anadrol-50 (Nuwer 17). These drugs are much more dangerous than the legal performance-enhancing drugs because the athletes take much, much more than the recommended doses that would be prescribed by a doctor. They feel that the more pills or injections they take, the stronger, faster, and better they will be when competing, but this is not always true. Performance-enhancing drugs are relatively unstudied today. There are not many known fact about performance-enhancing drugs and steroids. But, there is some evidence that shows some of these substances may be dan…

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