Meanwhile, all of the important questions remain unexplored. Are we drawing arbitrary distinctions between substances that are OK and substances that aren’t? Would our energy be better spent regulating the use of PEDs in sports, rather than pushing for prohibition, which drives athletes into the arms of fly-by-night operations like Sports With Alternatives to Steroids?
Should we try to learn more about the long-term health risks associated with PED use and abuse -- which aren’t the same thing -- rather than developing expensive testing regimes that are rendered obsolete almost the minute they’re put into use? Is there a good reason not to celebrate a drug that can shorten an athlete’s recovery from a serious injury, rather than demonizing it as unethical?
How is an aging athlete using human growth hormone to extend his career any different from any one of us taking a blood-pressure lowering drug to extend our life?