Reader in New Media and Bioethics in the School of Media, Language, and Music at the University of the West of Scotland, UK
Pro to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
"We believe that rather than drive doping underground, use of drugs should be permitted under medical supervision.
Legalisation of the use of drugs in sport might even have some advantages. The boundary between the therapeutic and ergogenic - ie, performance enhancing - use of drugs is blurred at present and poses difficult questions for the controlling bodies of antidoping practice and for sports doctors. The antidoping rules often lead to complicated and costly administrative and medical follow-up to ascertain whether drugs taken by athletes are legitimate therapeutic agents or illicit.
...Furthermore, legalisation of doping, we believe, would encourage more sensible, informed use of drugs in amateur sport, leading to an overall decline in the rate of health problems associated with doping. Finally, by allowing medically supervised doping, the drugs used could be assessed for a clearer view of what is dangerous and what is not...
Acknowledging the importance of rules in sports, which might include the prohibition of doping, is, in itself, not problematic. However, a problem arises when the application of these rules is beset with diminishing returns: escalating costs and questionable effectiveness."
"Viewpoint: Legalisation of Performance-Enhancing Drugs," The Lancet, Dec. 2005
Experts Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or other relevant advanced degrees, heads of professional sports leagues, and US Congress members with significant involvement in, or related to, performance enhancing drugs and sports. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Reader in New Media and Bioethics, School of Media, Language, and Music, University of the West of Scotland
Fellow, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT), 2008-present
Fellow, Visions of Utopia and Dystopia, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, 2005-present
Awarded grant for research at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, 2008
Associate Editor, Studies in Ethics, Law and Technology, 2007
Lecturer in Media, Bioethics & Cyberculture, School of Media, Language, and Music, University of the est of Scotland, 2002-2006
Editorial Board Member, Genomics, Society and Policy, 2005
Editorial Board Member, Health Care Analysis, 2005
Tutor in Ethics of Science and Medicine, University of Glasgow, 2002-2005
International Visiting Scholar, The Hastings Center, 2002
MPhil, Medical Law and Ethics, University of Glasgow, Scotland, 2006
PhD, Bioethics, Philosophy of Technology and Genetic Enhancement, 2002
BA, Leisure Studies, De Montfort University, England, 1997