October 1, 2020

Focus on Steroids Overshadows More Widely Used Drugs in High Schools

The increased news coverage of anabolic steroid use in sports over the past few years has led to the perception that steroid use by high school athletes is more common than it really is. Grandstanding legislators have used the exaggerated news coverage to call steroid use in baseball a “public health crisis.” Steroid use by teenagers is a big problem. But let’s don’t forget the more serious problems that are facing our teenagers.

OK. Let’s say the motive for this steroids hearing is, in fact, about protecting America’s kids from the harmful influence of sports leagues that care only about boosting ticket sales and TV ratings. Then I imagine we can expect a big ballyhooed hearing soon on the substance that is most glorified by sports leagues and kills more kids every year than every other drug combined. [Read more…]

Steroid Dealer Gets Probation for Helping Feds Catch Steroid Users

Kirk Radomski, steroid dealer to professional baseball players, avoided jail time when he received 5 years probation. He pleaded guilty to distributing anabolic steroids and money laundering charges in a plea agreement with federal prosecutors. He cooperated closely with federal prosecutors, particularly with investigators involved with the Mitchell Report, in naming almost 30 current and former MLB baseball players to whom he sold performancing-enhancing drugs including anabolic steroids and growth hormone.

The customary practice for federal prosecutors is to prosecute dealers rather than users. In a reversal of this practice, Radomski was given leniency in exchange for his testimony against his clients (individual steroid users who happened to be professional athletes). [Read more…]