Use of steroids, otherwise known as doping, continues to be common among Utah high school athletes. Using steroids is a dishonest way for players to get ahead in their sport, and it can have long lasting effects on their overall health.
What are steroids?
The technical term for steroids is performing-enhancing drugs. Performing-enhancing drugs do just that; enhance the way athletes perform at their sport. The main way that steroids work for athletes is by helping the players build muscle, or bulk up. A common type of steroids used by high school athletes is anabolic steroids, which is synthetic testosterone. While anabolic steroids are prescribed in small amounts for boys who may not be hitting puberty at a proper age, they are abused in higher concentrations by athletes wanting to gain muscle.
Damage to growing bodies
Besides mood swings such as rage and depression, abuse of steroids can cause:
• Stunted growth
• Heart disease
• (For girls) Male traits such as a deeper voice and facial hair
• (For boys) Breast development, shrinking testicles and infertility due to lower sperm count.
Game suspensions & mistrust of coaches
When high school athletes are caught using steroids, they are typically suspended from playing the game they wanted to perform better in. Not only are they suspended from playing, they lose the trust of their coaches and teammates as well. Nobody likes a cheater, and that is just what high school athletes that use steroids are. They may not be stealing points or deflating balls, but they are deceiving themselves and those that count on them.
Legal ramifications of steroid use
It isn’t enough that steroids are dangerous and can ruin an athlete’s popularity, steroid use is also illegal. Just like prescription drugs, if an athlete has steroids that are not prescribed by a doctor, it is considered possession of a controlled substance. As a schedule III substance, possession of steroids is a 3rd degree felony. For high school athletes facing charges for possession of steroids, contact a criminal defense attorney today.