Yes. Without a doctor's prescription for a medical condition, it's against the law to possess, sell, or distribute anabolic steroids.
Legal prosecution can be a serious side effect of illicit steroid use. Under federal law, first-time simple possession of anabolic steroids carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $1,000 fine. For first-offense trafficking in steroids, the maximum penalty is five years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Second offenses double this penalty. In addition to federal penalties, state laws also prohibit illegal anabolic steroid use.
Anabolic steroids are powerful hormones. They affect the entire body. Some of the side effects are common to all users. Other side effects are specifically related to your sex and age.
Men who take anabolic steroids may:
Get painful erections
Have their testicles shrink
Have decreased sperm count
People who this stuff are dumb, it ruins your a,under system, if you want to get better and stronger than work fricking harder, it's plane and simple, don't ruin your life just to be better at a sport you will only play for 15 years, work hard play hard and don't take stupid injections of steroids that will ruin your life
Why have steroids legal in sports? It's common sense those who take steroids are not in sports for the love of it... why do it when other great athletes gotten their way to the Hall of Fame without the need of steroids? If you take steroids for a sport, you are making it unfair for others, and you will lose respect like other athletes had.
If you lose after giving it your all then everyone can safely say that you gave it your all and your best and you can still celebrate about how hard you tried. But if you win using steroids, something in which would enhance the body then no, you wont have the honor or right to say you won. Steroids may increase body strength but it has health implications.
When people want to watch sports, most of the time they want to see the physical ability of human beings as it is. Steroids up your performance and make you a contender for the MVP of the league if you aren't caught, but they take away the thrill of being a great athlete by using the gifts you already have.
The use of steroids are harmful to professional sports. It creates an uneven work environment for the players. It gives steroid users an unfair advantage over the players who are naturally talented. The naturally talented players are the ones who deserve the honor of playing at the professional level. These players have worked their entire lives to be the best they can be at their craft and do not deserve to be overtaken by someone who is putting illegal drugs into their body.
The use of steroids also harms the integrity of the game. It causes people to view sports in a different light because the players are "larger than life".
Steroid usage is harmful to professional sports because it is not part of the deal that the public agreed to watch. With the aid of steroids, average athletes who would not be talented enough to become professional ones might otherwise be able to embark on a career as a pro. The public likes to watch pure athleticism, that rare talent that very few possess. They are not interested in watching something that they later find out was not so special and in many ways, fake and fraudulent.
There are numerous studies that have proven steroids to be harmful in many different ways. I have never heard one positive thing about them. And, even if someone were to find a positive, I'm sure the negatives would outweigh it.
I believe that it is the sport, itself, that is harmed. Just as with any other drug, users know the side effects, and what will happen when they use. The sport, itself, is harmed, because the fans do not get to see true athleticism.
Steroids bulk up the mass of players. While they have ability on their own, the steroids enhance these abilities to a degree that any performance an athlete does, it is no longer known whether or not the feat was actually his accomplishment, or whether it only succeeded due to steroid usage. In addition, fans lose respect for the players that use steroids. They also lose respect for the sport, in general, when it is determined that steroid use is widespread within a given sport.
Since the South Korean Olympics in 1948 over 2000 American athletes have been tested positive for steroid use in the Olympics, I would recommend watching "Bigger, Stronger, Faster" it gives you an unbiased look at steroid use both for recreational use and for professional use. How are steroids bad if they are used for aids patients to regain white tea cells? Along with also burn victims, all the "bad side affects" of the drug aren't fact. The side affects are (for males) hair growth and testicles shrinking, but all these can be reversed from quitting the use of the drug, (for women) hair growth, voice change and also your ovaries becoming infertile. A person could eat half a peanut and go into anaphylactic shock and die, so do you ban peanuts? No, you put warning labels on it. Every drug in existence has bad side affects.
I totally agree that steroids should be made legal in sports today. As the comment above me stated the most profitable time for baseball is when it had the big home run races and what not. Also it just comes with the "technology" age we are in. Like the instant reply. So no i do not think it is harmful, it should be made legal and up to the players if they want to use it.
Sure it's bad for you, but if you want to ruin yourself by taking steroids, that's your choice. The problem with the way sports are run now is that if one person finds a way to sneak steroids, they suddenly have a huge advantage over everyone else who can't use them or be disqualified. If everyone could use steroids, you'd gain less of a benefit by doing so, and maybe less people would use them.
Steroids are incredible substances they make me better at what i do! It's proven that people on steroids are more likely to achieve excellence in our sports! When people take steroids they are doing it as a choice, therefore you should not be able to take the right away from somebody.
Simple. When was the most profitable time/era for baseball BY FAR? The mid-late 90's. McGwire and Sosa, Gagne and Bonds, Roger Clemens. Attendance and television ratings have never been higher than they were during that time. The height of the steroid era was the height of popularity for baseball. You cannot argue with numbers. End of story.