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It is amazing what athletes will do to achieve higher levels of performance and to sometimes get the extra edge on the competition Most of the time people do not realize the long-term effects that result from the decisions they make early in life This resembles the use of steroids in a persons lifeSteroids became an option to athletes in the Olympics and other major sporting events during the 1950s But this use of steroids among athletes only became widely apparent when Canadian sprint runner Ben Johnson tested positive for steroid use after winning the gold medal for the one hundred-meter dash during the 1988 Olympics Francis 45 Now a skinny fifteen-year-old can just walk down to the local gym and find people who either sell or know how to get in contact with those who sell the drug that will make him envious of his friends Steroids are an attractive drug While steroids seem harmless to the unaware user they can have a risky effect Most of the time whether the users are new or experienced they do not know the dangerous consequences steroids can have on their bodies and their minds Though steroids cause a relatively insignificant number of deaths in our society the banning of steroids is justified because steroids have a lot of side effects not known to the uninformed userEven though steroids are known as a somewhat dangerous substance they are legal to have and to consume There has not been a study that proves such possible side effects are linked to medical problems of steroid users Rogak 89 There are those who have pointed out several cases where someone has died and an autopsy has shown that the person was using steroids but they claim this does not mean that it is a deadly drug as some medical professionals have stated 97 Some advocates of steroids believe that because steroids are legal and because it is the decision of
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