What do YOU think? Speak Out!

How can it be that testosterone is regarded as immensely beneficial for the non-training, couch-enconsed baby boomer who wants to feel better, and hopefully stay around on the planet for a little longer, when it is constantly portrayed as a sure road to ill health, early death and ruin in athletes? — Gavin

My son played college football in the late 80's/early 90's. He began taking steriods his freshman year (provided by the trainer).  No testing was conducted, even though they played in several bowl games.  Unfortunately, he used other enhancement drugs and abused all of them.  Today, he is sick both physically and mentally.  He is only 34 years old! Although a college graduate, he has had trouble keeping jobs and relationships.  He is drug free today, but he is still paying for his desire to be a "big time" football player!! — Pat

Tell them that they will stay 5' 5" their entire life due to using anabolic steroids at a young age. — Brian

Sure many people may believe that steroids give pro athletes an unfair advantage, but that is something that each pro organization needs to police on its own. — anonymous

The public never hears about the millions of people all over the world who use steroids and never see any negative side effects from them.  People only hear about the few hundred people who abuse steroids and get hurt, or get killed from them. — Paul

The choice to use anabolic-androgenic steroids should be one made by the individual adult and not the government.  Unfortunately, this choice has already been stripped from the individual.  Now the government is going even a step further and working to illegalize prohormones and prosteroids(House Bill 3866).  Does this make sense?  Do adults need the government to be a big brother?  Does America not have more imperative issues at hand? — Jo

You should tell kids why they shouldn't use steroids — not because they will DIE, but rather that it can lead to stunted bone growth, and can permanently mess up their endocrine system. Kids are not stupid and saying they will DIE is a very false representation of the truth. — anonymous

Steroid use is a lot safer then tabacco and alcohol, yet those drugs aren't the target of the media like steroids are. You have to think about it through us steroid users' eyes. Most if not all pro football players use steroids, wresters pro and WWE, basketball players, pro and amateur bodybuilders, and 75% of all people who workout for recreation. If they were as bad as you portray them, people would be droping like flies all around you. — anonymous

If you look at the hard facts, steroids can be used effectively and safely. Yes, they do pose a risk and can cause many bad side effects. However, the truth remains, responsible steroid use will usually cause no permanent side effects. — anonymous

I was working out in a gym a few years ago and ran across a friend from college. While in college my friend had played on the varsity baseball team. When I saw him years later he had become extremely muscular. I heard him talking to one of the employees of the gym and the gist of the conversation was about my friend using steroids. His comment was "I don't care what it does to me I just want to get bigger." — anonymous

What I fail to understand is why healthy adults are unable to legally purchase things that will allow them to add a few pounds of muscle and feel better about themselves. Alcohol and tobacco yet remain perfectly legal. I am sure no one will argue that those two products have contributed to way more deaths than steroids ever will. — Mark

I used to work out with my buddy Tom our first two years in college. During our third year, he started juicing. I didn't think much of it at the time, and actually contemplated emulating him after I noticed the results he was getting. Not only was he gaining muscle, but he was shedding fat, which is the ultimate goal of any weight training program. But he took the easy way out, and soon paid the consequences. Right before the end of our third year, Tom lost a good sum of money in Atlantic City, and was flat broke; he couldn't afford his 'roids anymore. What followed was a sad sequence of events. Not only did Tom lose all the muscle he put on, but he became much weaker and more depressed. He had gained so much self confidence because of the new image steriods created for him, and it was shattered when he stopped. There are no cutting corners in the gym, and Tom learned that the hard way. — Joe

My brother used steroids for several years.  He was over 6 ft tall and could never gain weight or muscle and he wanted to compete in body building. He looked great after taking the steroids, but it wasn't worth it.  He died of a brain tumor caused by the steroids. This was confirmed by his surgeon and oncologist. He lived for 6 years after being diagnosed, but he lost complete use of the right side of his body. He was 27 when he died. Do you really want your children or nieces or nephews to take this kind of risk?  I don't.  It not only affected him, it affected our whole family! — Gaye

When someone abuses anabolics and ignores common sense, then yes there is a heavy price to pay. Just as if someone smokes cigarettes and drinks alcohol (that can be purchased at the corner store) on a daily basis for a few years will end up paying a heavy price. — Erick

Forget all that roid rage nonsense, it just isn't factual.  Alcohol and cigarettes kill way more than anabolics ever will.  — Marc

High school coaches are tested to make sure they know CPR and things like that. They should be required to be able to spot the signs of steroid use. — Martin

Steroid testing should be mandatory in addition to regular drug testing. Kids should not be allowed to use these substances, and if they feel they have to in order to match the strength of their competitors, there is no recourse except to assure them that no one can use them. Those users will be detected and dealt with accordingly. —  Nancy

The Ephedra scare was another flop by the FDA. Alcohol kills people and it's legal, just like lung cancer-causing cigarettes. But who cares? Nobody. Say the word "steroid" and the MEDIA goes insane. Why is that?  — anonymous

I know people that have used steroids. I think it is probably pretty dumb but I suppose it depends on how much you abuse it. I would weigh it as your quality of life now versus how bad it will be in the future. — Patricia