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infringement on the rights of the other athletes Once some people choose to use drugs to enhance their performance other athletes have their freedom of choice infringed upon if they want to succeed they have to take drugs too Athletes are very driven individuals who would go to great lengths to achieve their goals The chance of a gold medal in two years time may out-weigh the risks of serious health problems for the rest of their life We should protect athletes from themselves and not allow anyone to take performance-enhancing drugs harmful to the athletes Anabolic steroid abuse has been associated with a wide range of adverse side effects ranging from some that are physically unattractive such as acne and breast development in men to others that are life threatening Most of the effects are reversible if the abuser stops taking the drug but some can be permanent In addition to the physical effects anabolic steroids can also cause increased irritability and aggression Some of the health consequences that can occur in both males and females include liver cancer heart attacks and elevated cholesterol levels In addition to this steroid use among adolescents may prematurely stop the lengthening of bones resulting in stunted growth People who inject steroids also run the risk of contracting or transmitting hepatitis or HIV Some steroid abusers experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking the drug These withdrawal symptoms include mood swings fatigue restlessness loss of appetite insomnia reduced sex drive and depression This depression can lead to suicide attempts and if left untreated can persist for a year or more after the abuser stops taking the drugs disadvantaged athletes Disadvantages poor nations Far from creating a level playing field legalisation would tilt it in favour of those athletes from wealthy countries with advanced medical provision and pharmaceutical industries Athletes from poorer nations would no longer be able to compete on talent alone
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