Major League Baseball is once again dealing with a performance enhancing drug (PED) controversy but it isn’t just pro athletes who are looking for an edge and it doesn’t just happen in America.
Numerous MLB players are being linked to the use of PEDs and forms of anabolic steroids. Even though it’s happened before, the number of players and the severity of suspensions could be among the worst ever. But even in Regina and Saskatchewan it appears use of steroids is on the rise among all types of people. JUICED, a three-part series, looks takes a closer look at who is using them, why they are, and what the consequences could be.
“Lately I’ve ran into a ton of people in the gym that are always quizzing me up, asking questions things like that. They want to know availability, they want to know results, they want to know where they can get it,” said Frank, a former steroid user.
Frank is not his real name. He requested to remain anonymous for this story.
He first started using steroids while bodybuilding. After seeing inadequate results in his first competition he decided to make a change. He says he did the research and talked to those who had used before, ultimately leading to his decision to start taking them.
Frank was only on steroids for a few months and says he’s off them for good now. He admits it’s incredibly easy to get access to the drugs.
“If you are part of a gym, any gym, yeah absolutely. It’s not something hard to obtain,” he said.
“It’s really easy to make some kind of connection somewhere along the way where somebody can supply that kind of a product.”
Steroids can also be purchased quite easily online. Frank said he doesn’t feel that’s a legitimate source, if in fact there is one, because you don’t know exactly what you’re putting in your body.
While it’s illegal to sell anabolic steroids it is legal to possess a certain amount, as long as you have a prescription. Many users don’t and under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act it’s technically illegal to have anabolic steroids and their derivatives. Still, Frank said more and more people are coming up to him asking where they can buy them.
“I would say it’s growing on a weekly basis.”
Perhaps the most shocking information of all is that it seems one specific age group is asking the most: teens.
“These aren’t older guys that have put five, ten years into the gym and have noticed that they’re getting to that age where they’re not able to build muscle anymore. It’s more the young kids that haven’t even got started.”
Frank’s justification for using steroids is that if you educate yourself about them first you can learn how to use them safely.
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