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ablestar

The use of drugs..

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Far back at the 2000 Olympics had once again focused the attention of the world upon the use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs within sport. Several Olympic champions were stripped of their medals as a result of positive drugs tests, while the withdrawal of a large number of Chinese competitors on the eve of the games was widely assumed to be linked to failed drugs tests. Although attention is often focused upon athletics, almost all sports have a “drug problem” and devote considerable energy to testing competitors regularly, banning those who fail them. Nonetheless, doubts remain as to the effectiveness of these tests and the fairness of some of the resulting bans, and some argue the whole approach is deeply flawed. Performance-enhancing drugs include steroids, the male hormone testosterone, Human-growth hormone and other drugs taken to build muscle-bulk during training, and stimulants or blood-doping taken to improve performance in competition. Most such drugs have some medical uses and are prescribed legally in certain non-athletic contexts; it is unlikely that a Proposition would also wish to legalise “recreational” drugs such as cocaine, heroin and amphetamines, although all of these could be regarded as performance-enhancing in certain sporting contexts.

 

Pros

 

Freedom of choice. If athletes wish to take drugs in search of improved performances, let them do so. They harm nobody but themselves and should be treated as adults, capable of making rational decisions upon the basis of widely-available information. Even if there are adverse health effects in the long-term, this is also true of both tobacco and boxing, which remain legal.

 

Better spectacle for spectators. Sport has become a branch of the entertainment business and the public demands “higher, faster, stronger” from athletes. If drug-use allows world records to be continually broken, and makes American Football players bigger and more exciting to watch, why deny the public what they want, especially if the athletes want to give it to them?

 

CONS

 

Very bad for athletes. The use of performance-enhancing drugs leads to serious health problems, including “steroid rage”, the development of male characteristics in female athletes, heart attacks, and greatly reduced life expectancy. Some drugs are also addictive

 

Disadvantages poor nations. Far from creating a level playing field, legalisation would tilt it in favour of those athletes from wealthy countries with advanced medical provision and pharmaceutical industries. Athletes from poorer nations would no longer be able to compete on talent alone

 

Yey, good punctuation! ph34r.gif

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Freedom should be preserved so long as it does not harm anyone else. If athletes were given a free-right to use steroids, it would create an unequal competition level that would force athletes to either use steroids themselves to compensate, or they would probably not even qualify amidst the now steroid-enhanced competition.

 

To my knowledge, most sports leagues, the Olympics, and most sports organizations are privately owned and regulated, and most of them discourage and prohibit the use of steroids, as it is their right to do in the interest of fair competition.

 

For the most part, whatever effects that the testing for performance-enhancing testing has on the freedoms of spectators and competitors alike are negligible compared to the massive wide-spread health problems that would be wide-spread amongst an athletic base that uses steroids.

 

However, this somewhat branches into the argument of whether prohibition should be allowed federally. Imagine if an organization like the NFL wanted to start a side-branch, called, "Roid Ball", where athletes were given free-choice to compete under the influence of steroids. This would ensure a competition bracket for competitors that don't want to put their body at harm, whiles till honoring the rights and wishes of the competitors that do want to use these performance enhancing drugs.

 

That organization could not however actually do such a thing, as in most international countries, there is drug prohibition. The argument stems back to whether it is appropriate for a government to dictate what its people can use and put into their body, which is a raging debate in its own--not quite a logical one, but a raging one nonetheless.

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For f*ck's sake.

 

OK, this is better than saltinespike's attempt, because it's actually worthy of discussion, but this is blatant plagiarism - you ought to be ashamed.

 

http://www.idebate.org/debatabase/topic_de....php?topicID=28

 

I seriously hope you guys aren't trying to pull this off at highschool, because it could honestly threaten your graduation. It's a simple thing to determine.

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Hope

I think all drugs should be legalized. Alcohol kills so many more lives than Marijuana yet alcohol isn't illegal. I feel you should be able to do anything you want, within the closure of your house. If you're driving using drugs, then that's affecting another's life. But for using drugs in your house, it's really a shame you can't.

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Otter

You really ought to lay off the drugs and read the topics before you reply, aye? This is a topic about performance enhancing drugs in organized sports.

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Hope
You really ought to lay off the drugs and read the topics before you reply, aye? This is a topic about performance enhancing drugs in organized sports.

Yeah, I figured it was close enough though.

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I think all drugs should be legalized. Alcohol kills so many more lives than Marijuana yet alcohol isn't illegal. I feel you should be able to do anything you want, within the closure of your house. If you're driving using drugs, then that's affecting another's life. But for using drugs in your house, it's really a shame you can't.

But in sports, it affects your team, the other team, and the millions of fans.

 

Performance enhancers is cheating and I'm glad it's banned. Only way it wouldn't be is if everyone took them, in which case half would die at 40.

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