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About Steroids

“Anabolic steroids are the synthetic versions of the naturally occurring male sex hormone testosterone; they are properly called anabolic-androgen steroids because they have both body building (anabolic) and masculinizing (androgenic) effects.” (Encyclopedia of Drugs and Alcohol)

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  • Should steroids in professional sports be legalized?
  • What is the best way to eliminate performance-enhancing substances from sports?.
  • Can designer steroids stay ahead of regulations?
  • Do anabolic steroids have any value as a major treatment for HIV/AIDS patients?
  • How effective is drug testing of athletes?
  • Discuss the adverse physical and psychological effects of anabolic steroids.
  • Compare testing and punishment of steroid use among the Olympics, the NFL, the NCAA, the NBA, the MLB, and the NHL.
  • Contrast anabolic steroids with creatine, erythropoietin (EPO), cyproterone acetate, or human growth hormone (HGH)
  • Does drug testing violate the "innocent until proven guilty" principle?
  • Should high school be tested for steroids and who should pay for the tests?


Anabolic steroids

Anabolic-androgenic steroids

Doping in sports

Athletes -- Drug use

Drug testing

Athletes -- Substance use

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