Generation Iron Steroid Epidemic

Welcome to a world with “steroid vacations.”

No matter which way you slice it, steroid usage is always going to be a taboo subject matter. Whether you’re a supporter of steroids or not, the issue isn’t going away anytime soon and with good reason. In many sporting endeavors athletes and fans alike wish to know who is the best in the world – whether that be in bodybuilding, mixed martial arts, basketball, or a game of table tennis. But regardless of your reasoning, the idea that steroids could give an advantage to one athlete or another will always be prevalent.

But steroid usage isn’t just boiled down to professional athletes. Guys at your local gym are also looking to get steroids in the hopes of putting on some serious muscle. Access to steroids can be a bit of a tricky thing, some people having suppliers at their gyms, others getting therapeutic exemptions for testosterone replacement. All it seems to be shrouded in a quite a bit of secrecy, and as laws are passed that further criminalize steroid usage, more users are finding increasingly complex and dangerous avenues to obtaining the anabolic drug.

In Australia it seems that steroid usage is becoming less of a recreational habit and more of a full on drug epidemic. Many people are actually finding ways to work around the system in order to legally obtain steroids from their local doctors. The video below highlights a pretty eye opening account of how common it is for people down under to take “steroid vacations” in order to beat the Australian health system. Take a look as one man explores just how easy it is to obtain steroids from your doctor and trick the system.

Whether you’re a supporter of steroids or not, it seems like the problem of handling the anabolic substance and its usage is going to get worse before it gets better. Substance abuse is a clear problem the world round. Policing it is going to be a tricky task in the future, one that if not handled properly could grow increasingly more dangerous for everyone involved.

So that’s the big question at the end of the day. Should we be focusing less on criminalizing steroids and focusing more on providing safe and legal methods to obtain the drug? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Generation Iron on Facebook and Twitter.

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