Eng. 101, 12/2/96
Should steroids be banned
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.
resembles the obvious phenomenon with steroids.
Steroids became a spreading
exposure to athletes in the Olympics and other major sporting events during the
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.
Now a skinny 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 to the dangerous consequences' steroids can have on their minds and
Although steroids cause minimal deaths in our society, banning of steroids
is purely justified because steroids have extremely perilous side effects on the
Though steroids are known as a somewhat dangerous substance, they are legal
to possess and consume, and there has not been a true clinical study that proves
such possible side effects are linked to medical problems of steroid users.
there has been several cases where someone has died and an otopsy showed 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.
Alcohol and cigarettes are consumed by millions, causing
deteriorating effects on their bodies, but there has never been a protest to put a
ban on the items because of their harmful nature.
So how are steroids any
Some people may state that the wide spread use of steroids among
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
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