Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?

Proponents of accepting performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) in sports argue that their harmful health effects have been overstated, that health risks are an athlete’s decision to make, that using drugs is part of the evolution of sports much like improved training techniques and new technologies, and that efforts to keep athletes from using PEDs are overzealous, unproductive, unfairly administered, and bound to fail.

Opponents argue that PEDs are harmful and potentially fatal, and that athletes who use them are cheaters who gain an unfair advantage, violate the spirit of competition, and send the wrong message to children. They say PED users unfairly diminish the historic achievements of clean athletes, and that efforts to stop PED use in sports should remain strong.


Sports and Drugs ProCon.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit website that presents research, studies, and pro and con statements on questions related to the use of performance enhancing drugs in sports. This website uses the term "performance enhancing drugs" to mean legal and illegal drugs that are considered to enhance performance in sports. The term "performance enhancing" is sometimes spelled with a hyphen and sometimes without. We have opted for the unhyphenated spelling.

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Proponents of accepting performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) in sports argue that their harmful health effects have been overstated, that health risks are an athlete’s decision to make, that using drugs is part of the evolution of sports much like improved training techniques and new technologies, and that efforts to keep athletes from using PEDs are overzealous, unproductive, unfairly administered, and bound to fail.

Opponents argue that PEDs are harmful and potentially fatal, and that athletes who use them are cheaters who gain an unfair advantage, violate the spirit of competition, and send the wrong message to children. They say PED users unfairly diminish the historic achievements of clean athletes, and that efforts to stop PED use in sports should remain strong.

Sports and Drugs ProCon.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit website that presents research, studies, and pro and con statements on questions related to the use of performance enhancing drugs in sports. This website uses the term "performance enhancing drugs" to mean legal and illegal drugs that are considered to enhance performance in sports. The term "performance enhancing" is sometimes spelled with a hyphen and sometimes without. We have opted for the unhyphenated spelling.

PROS & CONS BY CATEGORY
CORE QUESTION

Performance Enhancing Drugs

Steroids

"Blood Doping" and Erythropoietin (EPO)

Stimulants

Human Growth Hormone (HGH)

Hall of Fame

Drug Testing

Moral and Ethical Issues

Olympics

Public Policy

Athletes as Role Models

Methods Used to Cheat Sports Drugs Tests

Doping Cases at the Olympics, 1968-2012

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Notices for Drug Use in Sports and Other ProCon.org Information (archived after 30 days)
ProCon.org Used by Educators in More than 10,000 Schools!
2/1/2018 - We thank the teachers in 10,037 schools who have used our free resources in your instructional materials. Our amazing community consists of 3,524 elementary and middle schools (35.1%), 4,692 high schools (46.7%), and 1,821 colleges and universities (18.1%) in all 50 states and 92 countries. Visit the Teachers' Corner to find your school and see how educators are using ProCon.org in the classroom. Or join the community by taking our 2-minute survey.

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