Performance Enhancing, or Damaging?

Maddy Littleford, Editor In Chief

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Regarding steroids, there are many different topics and issues that come to mind. Since March of 1991, steroids have been classified as a controlled substance in the state of Utah.
Anabolic steroids are a synthetic hormone that imitates testosterone, the primary male hormone. “Anabolic” refers to muscle-building. Steroids have a variety of uses, which help determine the legality of the drug.
It is not uncommon for a doctor to prescribe a legal and appropriate dose. Medically, steroids can be used to treat people with several health disorders from anemia, to muscle growth in patients with AIDS and other diseases resulting in loss of muscle mass.
Abuse of anabolic steroids can lead to serious health problems with the possibility of permanent damage.
Under Utah law, one or more active, non-narcotic ingredients, such as testosterone, are classified as a controlled substance, which can lead to a first-degree felony charge and jail time. Despite the possible charges there are individuals who seek the use of anabolic steroids.
The Cougar Claw interviewed Bryan Good, a health advisor and football coach at Kearns High School. Mr. Good stated, “the risk isn’t worth it.” Good continued about the impact steroids could have on student athletes, “there are so many things that can be affected by steroid use, especially if you’re underage, your growth will defiantly be stunted.” Good explained, “the consequences within a sport can all be career ending, whether it’s high school or professional.” Good states, “Don’t sacrifice your physical state for something that might not get you as far as your pure, natural muscle will.”