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Why is it that performance enhancing drugs are taboo ?

Performance enhancing drugs are taboo while social conformity and complacency drugs are often mandatory.

Physical health isn't really the central issue.

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    Sep 17 2012: Your question is based on the false assumption that ALL performance enhancing drugs are "taboo". That is not true. They are just REGULATED differently.

    Medical science uses many "performance enhancing" drugs in the treatment of illness every day.

    Maybe you should posit your question in a different manner, such as...

    "Why are performance enhancing drugs REGULATED in different ways? What benefits/non-benefits to society as a whole should be taken into consideration during the regulation process?"
  • Sep 22 2012: Is the goal to be "Fair" or to be the best?
    If I take a new memory enhancing drug before a spelling bee and memorize every word in the dictionary,did I cheat or did I do a great job?
  • Sep 20 2012: Fair athletic competition is sacred by today's standards. Recreational drug usage is considered a victimless crime by many.
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    Sep 18 2012: They are not neccessarily a taboo; they are illegal.
    Sports should be for those who have the talent, discipline and skill. Those who take the sports as serious as a job and a career.
    There is no prestige in knowing that a sports star is a mediocre whose performance has been enhanced by drugs.
  • Sep 18 2012: Peformance enhancing drugs take away from the purity of the game being played. I'm a baseball fan. Now that the union has finally acquiesced and made rules against them, the game itself is real again. No one is hitting 60 home runs in a season anymore. I love the game, I watch the game for the game. I want my team, the Mets, to win, fair and square. I love every player on my team. Each time any of them get up to bat, I want them to get a hit. I believe in them because of how hard they've each worked all of their lives to get to the Major League. If they take steroids, they can smack home runs not because of practice, hard work, and focus, but because their muscles are bigger because they injected drugs into their veins. It's all about the game. Translate it to any sport you like. Fair play. Competition. Humanity.
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    Sep 18 2012: Be wary of the guy at the gym with the little brown bag,the body cannot sustain rapid acceleration that some illegal steroids do to the body,i had a good friend that suffered a minor heart problem brought on by steroid use,no matter what we said to him his internal image of the perfect body had to be attained,he's younger than me by 15 years but looks older now after his recovery.
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    Sep 18 2012: In order to answer properly ... please explain why "Physical health isn't really the central issue". Maybe death is not considered physical health.

    Awaiting your reply so I can respond based on your explaination.

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    Sep 17 2012: why would they be taboo? they are illegal, but not considered immoral by the majority.
  • Sep 17 2012: "Why is it that performance enhancing drugs are taboo?"

    Because they create an unfair advantage that forces everyone else to take the same drugs or be outcompeted, when some people cannot afford the drugs this would cause an obvious problem, also, when the drugs have bad effect on health you're effectively forcing people to take unhealthy drugs against their will.