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What are anabolic steroids? Synthetic derivatives of testosterone. (ESPN) Retains dietary protein. (ESPN) Began in 30’s, eventually used by WWII soldiers. (Cesar) 1958 American Dr. Zeigler creates a better version. Banned by Olympics 1975. (Cesar)
Gains Look like a Greek God. Enhance physical performance. Feel young again. (Bigger)
Has helped with AIDS, Cancer, Bell’s Palsy, Alzheimer’s. (Benefits, Steroids (Anabolic-Androgenic))
The Gains OVERPOWER the Costs
Costs Ball-shrinking, balding, hair growth, acne, reduced sperm count. (ESPN) Liver damage, premature heart attacks, and strokes. (ESPN) Psychological problems. (ESPN) The Gains OVERPOWER the Costs
Are steroids THAT Cortisone steroids: tendon ruptures. (Cluett) Anti-depressants: anxiety and suicide. (Vedantam, Side Effects) Viagra: vision problems, headaches, diarrhea, dizziness, etc. (Viagra) Plastic surgeries: risk of infection, blood clots. Cosmetic surgery: as vain and fake as anabolic steroids. evil?
Are they? Centers for Disease Control: Mortality Statistics Tobacco – 435,000 Americans per year Alcohol – 75,000 Americans per year Anabolic Steroids – 3 Americans per year All info. From Bigger Stronger Faster* Emergency Room Visits Alcohol, Cocaine, Steroids… after multivitamins! All info. From Bigger Stronger Faster*
Legality Benefits Anabolic Steroids Control Act of 1990 (Steroid Law – Anabolic) Same category as narcotic painkillers and barbiturates. (Steroid Law – Anabolic) DEA, FDA, AMA shouldn’t be treated like illicit drugs. (Bigger) Better regulation means they would be safer and more standard. Help stop the illegal market of the substance. Taxation on the sale of steroids = source of revenue for the government. Criminalization
Steroid Users in America: 15% are Athletes 85% are Recreational Users -Rick Collins Esq. Attorney / Author of Legal Muscle
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