Legalization of Steroids
Anabolic steroids are a synthetically produced deviation from the naturally occurring male hormone testosterone. “Anabolic” refers to the drugs’ dramatic muscle building tendencies while “steroid” refers to the family of drugs themselves. Discreetly affecting its users in an adverse manner, anabolic steroids continue to grow in popularity. Users notice impressive gains in both strength and size while overlooking the numerous negative side effects that accompany steroid use. With the thought of what is best for humanity at the forefront of the mindset, the selling, personal use, and possession of steroids with intent to sell, must be kept from legalization unless a prescription is present. The issue is not simply one of legality it easily transcends the borders of morality as well.
When people speak of steroids, the caution flag is waived. Rightly so, for they can be dangerous but they also give the impression that they work. That is why people take them. Steroids are a derivative of testosterone, so you can either ingest or inject them. With the addition of steroids into the body muscle mass is built up and the user receives the “anabolic effect” which appears to counteract aging. Steroids literally stop the breakdown of tissue so for the user aging seems to stop and muscles grow to many times their former proportions. Steroids are the infamous bane of the health and fitness world. They are easily obtainable from pharmacies, health food outlets, locker rooms, and a myriad of other suppliers. They instill quick, climactic growth of muscle and strength. Sadly, the positive effects associated with steroid use do not outweigh the numerous, life altering, negative effects. The issue no longer is selective to a certain clientele, “Once viewed as a problem strictly associated with body builders, fitness buffs, and professional athletes, the abuse of steroids is prevalent in today’s society. In reality the problem is widespread including school-age children, athletes, business professionals etc.” (“Steroid Abuse in Today’s Society“). Steroid abuse can be found in all walks of life as the quick producing tendencies of the substances become more recognized. There are many forms and faces of steroids. However, anabolic-androgenic steroids are the blatantly harmful substances familiar to the public for their muscle building tendencies. It is noted that “Bodybuilders and athletes often use anabolic steroids to build muscle and improve athletic performance. But using them this way is not legal or safe. Abuse of anabolic steroids has been linked with many health problems. They range from unattractive to life threatening.” (“Anabolic Steroids”). Substances such as steroids are outlawed due to their highly dangerous side effects. They damage the body and mind and leave long term problems for the user to deal with. Some of the effects of steroids include: liver tumors, jaundice, fluid retention, paranoid jealousy, irritability, delusions, impaired judgment stemming from feelings of invincibility, and high blood pressure. A few effects particular to men are: testicular shrinking, reduced sperm count, infertility, baldness, and development of breasts. The effects for women are also immense and they embrace growth of facial hair, problems with the menstrual cycle, and deepened voice. Why would anyone risk such problems? The simple answer is: the quest for the perfect body; the body that people see in movies, on television, in magazines and advertisements. The public is continuously influenced by unrealistic personal images. The “perfectly sculpted”, and steroid induced physiques seen everywhere are not what nature intended. On the other hand, anabolic steroids are not always used illegally. Steroids can also have a medical benefit when prescribed by a doctor for health reasons. Interestingly enough, “Anabolic steroids are synthetic male hormones which enhance and repair...
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