Admissions by many current and former professional baseball players have shown how rampant the use of performance enhancing drugs (PED) is in this sport. PEDs include steroids and human growth hormone (HGH) but there are many more. Professional athletes in football, track and field, hockey and cycling are also known to have used PEDs which aid in building muscle, oxygenating blood and recovering from injuries. Using steroids is illegal unless prescribed by a doctor for a known medical condition. However, PEDs are easily obtained from the Internet, unscrupulous doctors or from over-the-counter pharmacies in Mexico and other Latin American countries. Steroids are proven to increase muscle mass, especially when combined with proper nutrition and strength training, but they can also cause muscle-tendon injuries and have serious side-effects. These include heart and liver damage, endocrine system problems, elevated cholesterol levels, strokes, aggressive behavior and the shrinkage and dysfunction of genitalia. All our major sports leagues and the International Olympic Committee test their athletes for PEDs. However, HGH is currently undetectable and newly-developed â€œdesigner steroidsâ€ often evade detection until testing methods catch up with these new substances. New genetically engineered PEDs are soon expected to complement the current group of steroid and hormone supplements. Some claim that since PEDs are so prevalent, we should legalize these drugs and enjoy their contributions to player performance and the spectacle of sport. They say that PEDs could then be safely dispensed under medical supervision. Others maintain the use of PEDs is cheating, sets a bad example for our youth, tarnishes the achievements of those who do not use, and is harmful to those who do.
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I oppose reforming current performance enhancing drug policy
I support prohibiting a major professional league from arranging, promoting, organizing, or producing a professional game without first testing for the use of performance enhancing drugs (PED) by professional athletes and for public disclosure of the names of athletes who test positive; requiring the suspension of an athlete for a minimum of two years for the first violation, and a lifetime ban for the second violation for being caught using PEDs; allowing a league to impose a lesser penalty if the athlete: establishes that he did not know or suspect he had used the prohibited substance; or provides substantial assistance to the league in identifying violations of the league’s drug testing policy by other athletes or by any personnel working with or treating athletes, and wish to identify a legislator who will reintroduce S.1114 & H.R.2565 â€“ Clean Sports Act of 2005 (109th Congress 2005-2006)
I support identifying a legislator who will sponsor a bill to legalize the use of performance enhancing drugs by professional athletes