The usage of steroids is catching up with school and college-going children and even business professionals. Athletes tend to use anabolic steroids in order to improve competitiveness and performance.
According to the steroid use statistics, 22 percent of 8th graders, 33.2 percent of 10th graders, and 46.1 percent of 12th graders have taken steroids. In 2011, 2.5 percent to .6 percent males in 12th grade were more likely report steroid use than females.
Should steroids or any supplement be given to athletes? They shouldn’t. All local stores and programs that distributions performance-enhancing drugs should be banned and keep athletes safe and clean.
Steroids are serious drugs that are addictive and it often leads to withdrawal and depression, which creates a lack of physical drive or social interaction among users. Several athletes have been victimized over this issue. For example, Former wrestler Chris Benoit killed his son and wife on June 2007 due to steroid abuse and brain damage. He was depressed during the time because of his marriage. The use of steroids can be very harmful to any athlete and it happened with Benoit.
Steroids often cause shrinking of testicles, breast growth, hair loss, infertility, and a higher risk of testicular cancer. This is not good especially for males for use it. When it comes to the men’s testicles, anabolic steroids themselves contain the male hormone testosterone. This problem results the amount of testosterone the testes produce naturally becomes suppressed and hence testes start to lose their working. Is it really worth to risk all of this? I don’t think so.
Athletes who take steroids or any illegal supplements insist that steroids will help them boost their competitive and athletic performance. They don’t care if it affects them as long as they reach their goal. The goal of becoming ripped and excel as an athlete. Students who are in High School and College look up to athletes such as Alex Rodriguez, Lance Armstrong and many other professional athletes who have used illegal substances. So they see them and everyone else doing it, so these kids want to use it as well.
Let’s stop selling these illegal substances. First, we must remove all the sites where you can get cheap illegal supplements online. Then, the U.S. government should ban every local store that is associated with supplements or distribute supplements to young athletes that could risk their lives. Provide more healthy food stores for young athletes instead.