I was going to let this thread just run its course without a comment because I can recall a few other times hashing this out and not really coming to a concensus. But, I was considering the average young age of participants in these forums and thought well, I should throw something out.
Back in 1998 I worked the interstates full time in uniform and my friends and I would often stop professional athletes for speeding. Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Tigers minor leaguers, Cleveland Indians all travelled my way. I made a stop one night and for whatever reason ended up searching the trunk of an athletes car where he kept a steroid kit, hypodermic needles and bottles of fluid with his favorite concoction. This guy was huge and apparently loading up on roids. He was a worried soul throughout the entire stop. At the time we were really only interested in large quantities of cocaine, heroin or marijuana and the guy was cut loose with just a warning. I don’t think I’d have known what law he was in violation of at the time anyway.
If you consider the steroid era as being 1998-2002 then you’d have to say I didn’t just luck into finding that stuff. It was very prevalent and I think you’d also have to agree that all people (those even who should have known better were really naive about steroids.)
Later when I became a full time detective I learned about the terrible tragedies that affected families of young men (some very well known athletes in my area) who abused substances. I’m talking legal prescriptions like hydrocodone, adderal, vicodin, demerol, oxycodone, percoset, fentanyl and even morphine. These are young men who died of accidental overdoses, intentional overdoses and suicide. Getting to the point…you see when you can justify the use of any substance for whatever purpose and it is not managed by a competent health care provider or doctor, then you are traveling a slippery dangerous slope toward damaging your own body.
My son is only a freshman and the NCAA has made him pee in a bottle twice already. They are getting serious about this and so the best time is now to get used to staying away from substances that could get you kicked off the team.
The truth is, that your body is your temple so to speak and you ought to be extremely careful what you ingest and inject into it. Those who deal in steroids or any illegal or unauthorized substance by their very nature are taking a risk not worth taking. That’s really the way I see it because when you are dead in the morgue and they are cutting open your skull with a stryker saw, then its way too late to change your mind. :idea: