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June 25th, 2018 12:00am
Like thousands of everyday Americans, professional athletes sometimes turn to drugs such as opiates, marijuana and cocaine to cope with stress and challenges in their careers or to treat physical injuries. They may also use steroids to gain an edge over the competition.
Many young athletes see the athletes they idolize use steroids and turn to performance-enhancing drugs themselves. According to one study, between 0.7 and 6.6 percent of high school athletes have used steroids in the past year.1 Teenagers often feel the need to use these performance-enhancing drugs when being considered for college and professional teams.
What they may not realize is that use of these drugs can lead to a life-threatening addiction.
Athletes generally use performance enhancers to outshine the competition. These drugs and their uses include:
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, anabolic steroid users are more likely to use drugs such as marijuana, prescription opioids, cocaine and heroin.4 Another study found that many people who reported using anabolic steroids also reported using them to counteract the symptoms of steroid withdrawal.
Many people who abuse prescription opioids buy them illegally. Many professional athletes, however, have relatively easy – and legal – access.
Injuries are to be expected throughout the duration of a professional athletic career. These injuries can range from a sprained ankle to a torn ACL. For serious injuries, doctors often prescribe prescription opioids such as hydrocodone and oxycodone. In large doses, users often experience euphoria and relaxation in addition to pain relief. Commonly prescribed opioids include:
When used short term, they can relieve pain. However, improper administration of the drug often leads to addiction. Their addictive nature is due to their effect on the brain.
Much like heroin, opioids bond to and activate receptors in the brain, spinal cord and other organs to block pain signals. Then, large amounts of dopamine are released throughout the body, creating a pleasurable feeling that plays a large part in the addictive nature of the drug.
In the last decade, professional sports organizations have implemented stringent rules regarding drug abuse. Many of the negative effects of drug abuse can ruin an athlete’s health, reputation and career.
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