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Copyright (c) 1994 Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review
Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review

COMMENT: LEGALIZE AND REGULATE: A PRESCRIPTION FOR REFORMING ANABOLIC STEROID LEGISLATION

22 Loy. L.A. Ent. L. Rev. 33

Author

John Burge *

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Steroids do affect appearance, capacity for performance (strength, power, speed) and mental attitude. They can make you bigger, stronger, faster and more aggressive, all of which are more highly valued by today's society than ever before. These characteristics bring respect, power and sometimes financial rewards. It should be no surprise that four or five messages a day urging [individuals] to say no to drugs have little impact and do virtually nothing to deter use in the face of thousands of positive messages and overwhelming approval from society at large. 1


 


I. Introduction
 
Anabolic steroids ("steroids") are high-technology drugs. They can significantly alter the human physiology by accelerating the rate of muscle development through weight training. This technology is being used by both competitive athletes who want to improve their performance and individuals who want to improve their appearance. Due to the health risks of such use, federal prosecutors have aggressively pursued physicians who prescribe steroids for these purposes, and Congress has criminalized this type of steroid use. Undeterred, there are more steroid users today than ever - most of whom are self-administering these powerful drugs.

Sports medicine experts estimate that, depending on the particular sport, 5% to 75% of professional athletes and 2% to 20% of college athletes use steroids. 2 For sports heavily dependent upon strength and speed (e.g., football, powerlifting and track), the estimates are staggering: some studies suggest that as many as 96% of professional football players and 80% to ...
 
 
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