Doping refers to the use of banned performance enhancing drugs. The use of these drugs is considered unethical, and because of this, they are prohibited. Many users think that it should not be illegal if the users are not willing to do everything to win, then why do it? Doping is cheating yes, and it creates an unfair advantage in competitive events. Some athletes do not want to, and others do not have access even if they wanted too, but most of the present athletes are millennials and were raised on the idea that steroids are bad and their conscience probably causes guilt. Another view though is that some people want to bodybuild to compete and look better for themselves. Steroids should be banned because of health risks and reputation damage to the athlete, except for when the athlete is taking prescription steroids.Historically speaking, the origins of doping in sports are found within the creation of sports itself, from times of using them in chariot races to more recent sports like baseball.The outlook on steroids and other drugs in sports is viewed differently from person to person The general trend of sporting organizations is to strictly regulate the use in sportsThe main reasons for banning performance enhancing drugs is because of their health risks, equality of opportunity for athletes, and the effect of drug free sports on the public. The use of drugs in sports goes back to the very concept of competitive sports. The ancient Olympics in Greece has been suspected to have been tainted with many forms of doping. In Ancient Rome, where chariot racing had become a huge part of culture, athletes drank herbal infusions to strengthen them before chariot races (Jenkins). More recently in the 1950s, a man by the name of John Zeigler, also known as the father of anabolic steroids in the United States and was the physician for the U.S. weightlifting team at the time. Ziegler and the weightlifting team were touring Vienna, Austria during the world weightlifting championships when he met with his colleague who was the Russian team’s physician, and he began to ask what was the Russian team’s secret to success? The Russian physician said that it was due to their use of testosterone as a performance enhancing drug. Deciding that the U.S. athletes needed chemical assistance to stay competitive with the Russian team, Zeigler worked with pharmaceutical companies to create an oral steroid that would put these athletes over the top and help them beat their Soviet counterparts (Peters). Anabolic steroids are a synthesized version of the hormone in males known as testosterone. It is used now in medicine to induce bone growth, stimulate appetite, induce puberty, and treat chronic wasting conditions, such as cancer and aids (“Steroid Use”). In bodybuilding, it is used to create muscle mass and physical strength by making the muscles synthesize more protein in turn making muscles bigger and improving physique. Steroids are very dangerous though and have a lot of side effects, which include acne, high or low cholesterol, high blood pressure, and can cause kidney failure. Most of the problems with steroids are not that they are bad, but that they are abused, which causes more complications than when used correctly. The biggest question is should steroids continue to be banned, or should they be available to those who want to use again? Steroid use is okay as long as it is not in competition, and it is not abused and acquired by prescription. Steroids or any other performing enhancing drug creates an unfair advantage in competition and when others do not feel the need to do it, or do not have access to it the it will always be a problem. Another problem with steroid abuse is when professional athletes, who many people look up to, can lead to people thinking it is okay for them to do it, and that creates a bad public image for sporting organizations. Steroid abuse really does create a bad image for all the good things steroids are used for in modern medicine. People take unnecessary risks using steroids for short term rewards in athletics and other competitions, but if this is true, then these athletes should be allowed to assume these risks just like anyone else. For instance, according to Professor Robert Simon, In particular, if athletes prefer the gains in performance allegedly provided by the use of steroids, along with the increased risk of harm to the alternative of less risk and worse performance, what gives anyone the right to interfere with their choice? After all, if we should not forbid smokers from risking their health by smoking, why should we prohibit track stars or weightlifters from taking risks with their health in pursuit of their goals? (qtd. in Procon.org) So what he is saying is if everyone else can take risks, then should not athletes be able to risk their bodies and their health to be the best they can be? Sports is also for the competition and athletes are already risking everything to participate in the sport they love, and when they do it they want to be the best at it. Another point that is brought up often is if they were not professional athletes that feel the pressure to be better all the time, would they risk doing it? Athletes definitely feel the pressure to be great, but sports definitely put that pressure on them to risk things. In conclusion, steroids should continue to be banned, not only because of health risks, but also the example athletes set as role models for younger people in our society. Athletes should not be able to do steroids, but people who just want to look bigger and better should be able to through a doctor’s prescription, but if there are signs of abuse revoke the privilege, and make a punishment or a fine for it. The largest stigma around steroids is that the public is uninformed so that makes them scared of it and when they hear it they automatically think it is bad. Steroids are used for things that are good for the public like anti-inflammatories, pain relievers, and help men with low testosterone problems. Sporting organizations around the world do give passes to people for things like steroids and any other medication that would come up negative on a steroid test. This means that even organization that control substance abuse problems for professional athletes know also that it is a very useful drug in modern medicine.