Steroids and Utah High School Athletes

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?

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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:

• Baldness
• 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.

Sharing Prescription Drugs

Sharing prescription drugs with friends and family members is dangerous and against the law. Before handing out single pills or an entire bottle, study the health and criminal repercussions associated with sharing prescription drugs.

Health consequences

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Photo by: Dawn McIlvain Stahl

When a prescription is written out for a patient, the doctor has the patient’s vitals as well as their medical records to be certain that the prescription is safe for them to consume. When a prescription is shared, there is no way for the patient or the person with whom they are sharing prescription drugs with to ensure no unforeseen reactions of complications. Even without abuse amounts, sharing prescription drugs with a family member or a friend could unknowingly end their life.

Enabling an addiction

US code 21-829 states “It shall be unlawful for any person to distribute a controlled substance in schedule I or II to another except in pursuance of a written order of the person to whom such substance is distributed […]” Sharing prescription drugs can bring criminal penalties, especially if they are considered highly addictive. The reason for this is their higher potential to cause dependency problems and the fact that they are very often abused. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, prescription drug abuse kills about 20,000 people every year. This number is roughly the same amount that is killed from illegal drugs such as meth and heroin.

Charges for sharing prescription drugs

Many prescriptions are considered controlled substances because of how addictive they are. When sharing prescription drugs, the generous friend can face charges for distribution while the needy friend may be looking at possession charges for having a prescription not in their name. For help with current charges stemming from sharing prescription drugs, call a criminal defense attorney.

Marijuana Cultivation in Utah

Four young adults were arrested in Cache County, Utah for multiple drug charges including marijuana cultivation.

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Drug Raid in Northern Utah

During a raid on a Logan Utah home on July 21st 2015, four people between the ages of 18 and 21 years old were arrested when officers arrived at the home in the early morning hours with a search warrant.  Located inside with the four individuals were two pounds of marijuana, mushrooms, and two marijuana plants.  Since the plants were found, marijuana cultivation will be added to the possession charges.

Illegal gardening

Whether it’s a mini garden consisting of a couple plants in a home closet or hundreds of plants spread across acres of land, marijuana cultivation is against the law in the state of Utah.  While neighboring states may be relaxing laws regarding possession and marijuana cultivation, Utah so far has not.  Those found guilty of marijuana cultivation can face up to five years in prison.

Law and penalties for marijuana cultivation

Utah code 58-37-8 states that “it is unlawful for any person to knowingly and intentionally produce, manufacture, or dispense, or to possess with intent to produce, manufacture, or dispense, a controlled or counterfeit substance.”  Any person found violating this law in regards to marijuana is guilty of a 3rd degree felony while repeat offenses would be 2nd degree felonies.

In due time

Excluding the nineteen states where marijuana is legal for medicinal purposes; four states have legalized marijuana for recreational use as well.  All of those states where recreational marijuana use is legal are surrounding Utah in the western United States.  It’s just a matter of time before the majority of the states including Utah have similar laws.  Until then, possession or marijuana cultivation is not worth the consequences.  For more information on marijuana laws, or to seek counsel regarding possession or marijuana cultivation charges, contact a criminal defense attorney.