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The Risks of Performance Enhancing Drugs

As competitive sports industries have rapidly grown, so has the competition within them. With billions of dollars being pushed into these organizations and athletes every year, there’s more reason to win than ever.

This strive for perfection and ultimate goal of winning has pushed many to use performance-enhancing drugs. While some are pushing for the legalization of such drugs, the majority are looking for clean sports and to prevent any kind of drug injury.

If you’ve been affected by a drug injury and feel you were wronged, there’s a lawyer at Robert J. DeBry and Associates that’s waiting to help you.

Performance-enhancing drugs can be very dangerous and lead to many side effects. Places like Salt Lake City that have large populations of competitive athletes and professional sports are more prone to their use. Below are some of the risks of these drugs.

Anabolic Agents

These are some of the most popular enhancing drugs because they promote muscle growth and strength. They’re also some of the most dangerous because there’s an entire market for synthetic anabolic steroids designed specifically for athletic performance. These synthetic drugs have not been approved for medical use, therefore are not regulated. This creates uncertainty in what you’re taking and can lead to a drug injury due to unknown potencies and chemicals. Other side effects of anabolic agents are high blood pressure and heart and circulatory problems.

While team doctors are largely trusted, there’s always a chance that moral grounds have been compromised. If you feel there’s uncertainty in something you’ve been administered by a doctor, contact a lawyer that can help you determine your rights.

Erythropoietin

This is a type of hormone that increases the production of red blood cells and hemoglobin. It’s commonly used by endurance athletes for its ability to move more oxygen to the muscles. Abuse of this drug increases risk of stroke, heart attack and pulmonary embolism.

Drugs in sports are an increasing problem; protect yourself and understand the risks. If you have questions about your rights as an athlete, contact a lawyer at Robert J. DeBry and Associates.

Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/performance-enhancing-drugs/art-20046134?pg=1

https://www.usada.org/substances/effects-of-performance-enhancing-drugs/

By |2018-01-12T17:37:37-06:00January 12th, 2018|drug injury|Comments Off on The Risks of Performance Enhancing Drugs

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