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Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Sports Nicholas Griggs Western International University COM110 Lisa Johnson Due Date July 10 2005 The representatives in Washington DC now want to pass more anti-performance-enhancing drug legislation aimed at professional athletes and not at the school-aged athletes On April 26 2005 Rep Cliff Stearns R- Fla the chief sponsor of the bill and Rep Fred Upton R-Mich co-sponsor of the bill introduced the Drug Free Sports Act Of the five major items addressed in the bill four apply to the punishment of pro-athletes while the fifth item only requires a study of the use of performance-enhancing drugs in college and high school In 1990 federal legislation passed making anabolic steroids illegal without a prescription resulting in heavy fines and jail time for users and dealers These laws apply not only to the athletic world but also to all citizens of the United States From the person who wants a better-looking beach body to the student researching a thesis paper If caught the possibility of a fine andor jail time exists Washington Caile 2005 Getting the edge over the other person has made using performance-enhancing drugs a part of sporting events for centuries but these drugs have only been banned from the Olympics since 1968 According to Ivan Waddington author of Sports Health and Drugs Performance-enhancing drugs have been used by people involved in sport and sportlike activities for some 2000 years but it is only recently specifically since the introduction of anti-doping regulations and doping controls from the 1960s that this practice has been regarded as unacceptable In other words for all but the last three or four decades those involved in sports have used performance-enhancing drugs without infringing any rules and without the practice giving rise to highly emotive condemnation and stigmatization Sic Waddington 2000 Advances in technology concerning performance-enhancing drugs have supported the assertion that these drugs threaten the purity of sports Athletes long ago used stimulants and
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