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The Risks of Steroid Use

The Risks of Steroid Use

  Sports fans are well aware of the presence of steroids in professional sports, but most fans are unaware of the long-term health effects associated with steroids or Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED). Across America, children and young adults idolize professional athletes, and often worshiped with a fervor that is almost religious in nature. Ever since the birth of the Olympics in ancient Greece, athletes have been held in high regard by society. Young people often see them … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Featured, Recovery, Substance Abuse

Former MVP Ryan Braun Suspended After Steroid Use

The “Hebrew Hammer” Ryan Braun will be taking the rest of the year off after admitting to using performance-enhancing drugs. MLB baseball handed Braun a 65-game suspension, without pay, effective immediately. Braun first tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone in 2011, a few weeks after he won his first Most Valuable Player award. Braun would have been suspended 50 games back then, but he successful appealed the suspension. His attorney raised questions about how the sample he submitted was handled, a technicality, and won the appeal. Braun’s attorney never disputed the test results themselves. Under MLB’s relatively new guidelines for discipline of those who violate the Joint Drug agreement, a first-time suspension is normally 50 games. But due to Braun’s prior suspension for use of performance-enhancing drugs, even though it was … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Latest News

Lance Armstrong: A True Amends or Just an Empty Apology?

  On the night of January 17th, 2013, Oprah Winfrey sat down with Lance Armstrong to discuss his admittance to doping throughout his career as a professional cyclist.  Armstrong’s admission to his rampant drug use was not quite the “sincere” apology most wanted to see from the once victor of seven Tour de France wins that have since been stripped from him.  For an alcoholic or addict, truly making an amends to someone when you have wronged him or her is not just an apology; it is expressing that you are sorry for the harm you caused, asking how to make it right and making a commitment to change the behavior that caused the harm.  An amends is so much more than just admitting wrong doing and regret, which is what … Read entire article »

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The State of Steroids in Major League Baseball

The State of Steroids in Major League Baseball

  The fellows of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America failed to elect any new baseball players into the National Hall of Fame. The last time this happened was back in 1996.  The baseball writers are essential to the core culture of Major League Baseball, America’s most hallowed sport. They are snoops and reporters who are at the games (and even spring training) all the time. They follow the game year-round every year more closely than even a … Read entire article »

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Watch Out for That Andro Gel!

  In recent months a new prescription drug has come on to the market.  It is not another pill, or syrup but a gel.  Andro Gel is the newest way to get doctor prescribed testosterone. By making Testosterone available through a medical doctor’s prescription there is the potential for misuse or abuse like many other prescription drugs. This substance is already notorious for its use and abuse in circles of professional athletes. Cyclist Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his Tour-De-France titles and banned from competition because he has been suspected of using it and others like it. Numerous pros from other sports are popped every year for their testosterone levels being extremely high. Andro Gel  is being marketed to older men who are losing their sex drive and feeling down due … Read entire article »

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Top Drug-related Stories of 2012

  From face-eating cannibals to disgraced athletes, 2012 was an exciting and tragic year for drug-related news.  Here are the top five stories related to the subject.   1.  Face-Eating Zombie Attack Our first and most delicious story of 2012 happened on May 26th when Rudy Eugene, having suddenly developed a voracious appetite for human flesh, was found under a Miami highway eating another man’s face off.  That man, 65 year-old Ronald Poppo, survived the horrific attack after losing 80 percent of his face to Eugene’s mouth.  Police responded to the attack, immediately taking down Eugene with a hail of gunfire.  At first many people believed that the “zombie-like” killer had committed this tasteless act due to the effects of bath salts but the autopsy report showed that he was just really, really, really … Read entire article »

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The Doping Epidemic: Now Not Just Corrupting Professional Sports

  Throughout recent years, a variety of professional sports have been mortified by the use of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs.  The certain athletes that participate in the use of these drugs are getting caught and some banned from their sport forever.  Unfortunately it is not just themselves and their sport they are hurting. The practice of doping has moved on to high school students and beyond to the general public.  This new trend started by and made popular by professional athletes has now become an epidemic. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the world’s largest anti-doping organization, was created on November 10, 1999 in Lausanne, Switzerland with the intent of ending performance-enhancing drug use in sports.  While the organization has taken on high profile athletes, such as Lance Armstrong, they have not done enough to … Read entire article »

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Lance Armstrong: Once Great Champion and American Hero, Now Banished Dope Fiend

Lance Armstrong: Once Great Champion and American Hero, Now Banished Dope Fiend

  On August 24, 2012, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced the unsurprising, imminent news that it sanctioned Lance Armstrong, stripping the former and now non-existent world champion bicyclist of all seven Tour de France titles banning him from the sport, forever. Let’s back track a little and discuss how an American hero is currently regarded as a drug using cheater.  The USADA has been on Lance Armstrong for over a decade, when and after he miraculously won … Read entire article »

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Chinese Swimming Star Stuns the World but Accused of Doping

  In this day and age, doping has become one of the biggest problems in sports, destroying the legitimacy of the game like no other.  For the 2012 Olympic Games, all the athletes are tested rigorously, to make sure that they are not using performance enhancing drugs to improve their already amazing ability and strength.  Some of the athletes have already been disqualified for doping before the games even started, diminishing their chance to compete, and startlingly, there also have been some that have actually competed in the official games that have been banned this year, and possibly in 2016 for the next Olympics.  But there are those “clean” and genuine athletes that the media dissects and exploits their extraordinary talent, stating that they are cheaters and must have taken drugs … Read entire article »

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Doping in the Olympics: More than 100 Athletes Already Banned from the 2012 London Games

  The Olympic Games, a time for countries to watch and support their fellow citizens trying to win the prized gold medal, has been a tradition for thousands of years, stemming from Olympia, Greece, and dating back to the 8th century BC.  Recently, there have been countless stories in the news about athletes using performance-enhancing drugs to boost their strength and stamina, subsequently putting the World Anti-Doping Agency on edge this year at the 2012 London Olympic Games.  The WADA is testing every athlete who potentially could qualify for the games, and continuing to do so throughout the event to ensure the integrity of the games.  So far, in the last six months through mid-June 2012, there have been more than 107 athletes who have been banned from competing in the … Read entire article »

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