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Should the use of Performance Enhancing Substances be legalized in Sports? By: Klemens Koestler, Mayson Morris, & Izzy Thompson

•  Performance enhancing drugs can cause cancer, strokes, heart attacks, and lead to aggression. •  Men may experience reduced sperm count, shrunken testicles, inability to achieve an erection, and irreversible breast enlargement. Women develop deep voices and excessive body hair (effect for females are more permanent than for males). •  Depression and addiction are other psychological tolls performance enhancing drugs have.

Ban It Performance enhancing drugs are morally wrong.

•  Steroids might create the feeling of invincibility and promote excessively macho behavior, and sometimes, attacks of rage. • 

Blood Clotting

HGH side effects include allergic reactions, diabetes, gigantism in teenagers and acromegaly in older athletes when used extensively.

•  EPO thickens blood which causes clotting in blood vessels and circulatory strain.


Ban It Performance enhancing drugs are morally wrong.

•  Consumers want sports to become more exciting, causing players to use steroids. •  Sports are more dangerous than actual steroid use. •  Painkillers can be just as dangerous as steroids but are still legal in sports. •  Its too late to start banning performance enhancing drugs they are already in the sport system.

Make It Legal It should be legalized under the supervision of a medical doctor.

“To say that we should reduce drugs in sport or eliminate them because they increase performance, is simply like saying that we should eliminate alcohol from parties because it increases sociability.” “As we've argued, performance enhancement is not against the spirit of sport, it's been a part of sport through its whole history, and to be human is to be better, or at least to try to be better.” (Julian Savulescu)

Julian Savulescu

Make It Legal It should be legalized under the supervision of a medical doctor.

Marion Jones was once a world champion in track and field. She held lots of records and won many medals, the most valuable achievement she won was her 5 medals in 2000 summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia Everything she achieved were stripped away from her in 2007 because her name was caught on the BALCO scandal. BALCO is a ring that supplied anabolic steroids to athletes. In 2008 she admitted to taking steroids. During that year the court found out that she lied to the jury about steroids twice. She was sentenced to 6 months in jail for perjury.

Marion Jones

Barry bond is considered to be among the greatest players in the history of baseball. He has got 7 MVP awards, 14 All stars and 762 home runs. His achievements in baseball were shadowed by the BALCO scandal like Marion Jones. He has also lied to the Grand Jury despite being under oath. Barry bond was not re-signed with the San Francisco Giants. He became a free agent and spent the 2008 baseball season without any activity.

Barry Bonds

Ken Caminiti Ken Caminiti was a baseball star who last played for the Atlanta Braves. His awards include three golden gloves and the 1996 MVP. Ken Caminiti was the first baseball player who admitted to steroid use. His admission led to various League wide and congressional inquiries regarding the use of performance enhancers among other players.

10, grade 10 students were interviewed

•  No:

•  Yes:

•  “It would be unfair to the nonusers.” •  “Because its unnatural. Results should be based on natural ability.”

•  “Because steroids are used by pros anyways, they may as well be legalized.”

Legalisation of Performance Enhancing Drugs  
Legalisation of Performance Enhancing Drugs  

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