Essay by Jade_SaDiabloHigh School, 10th grade April 2003

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Steroids are considered an illegal drug if used in any major sports program, yet athletes still persist in using these drugs in giving them competitive advantages.These drugs can cause serious physical and psychological side effects. The drugs were made to trigger the maturing male reproductive system, helping the users' body retain dietary protein levels, which aid in the growth of muscles. By these advantages, athletes are the most common to take these during competitions for an increase in muscle growth and popularity.

Although the drugs can be taken orally or through injection, the side effects cannot be avoided, such as: acne, bloated appearance, rapid weight gain, clotting disorders, liver damage, premature heart attacks and strokes, elevated cholesterol levels, and weakened tendons. Other strange side effects are the transformation of the sex hormones. Men usually develop a reduced sperm count, impotence, development of breast, shrinking of the testicles, and difficult or pain while urinating.

Women experience facial hair growth, deepened voice, breast reduction, and menstrual cycle changes.

Steroids aren't proven addictive, but long-time steroid users and steroid abusers may experience cravings, difficulty in stopping steroid use, and withdrawal symptoms. If the regular steroid user stops taking steroids, they usually encounter withdrawal pain through which taking the drugs again will make the pain go away.

Steroids are illegal in most sporting events and leave behind serious side effects, including death. Are they really worth the competitive advantage that you get even tough you will probably die in a year?