A decade after its creation in the 1930’s, steroids became widely popular in the world of sports. Athletes quickly noticed the effects of steroids and this led to its widespread use. While much of the athletic community was focused on the positive effects of steroids, those in the field of medicine had their doubts and this created much controversy.

German experiments with hormones

After German scientist Adolf Butenandt’s initial experiments on the male hormone androstenone, pharmaceutical companies and groups of other scientists started to experiment on the hormone’s effect on human subjects. By the 1940’s athletes were already using the drug to enhance their strength and physical characteristics.

Steroids from Soviet Union

Athletes from countries like the Soviet Union and Germany used steroids and performed exceptionally well during the 1952 Olympics. The domination of these countries in the Olympics led the way for other countries like the US to use steroids on their athletes as well. The wide spread use of steroids had begun.

However, some scientists were not convinced on the safety of using steroids. Unfortunately, studies brought forth inconclusive results and it took over 30 years before the Olympic committee finally banned the use of steroids.

Unfortunately by this time the damage had been done. Steroids were already too popular in the US. Many professional bodybuilders were having tremendous success with the drugs. Hollywood was quick to embrace these bodybuilders and turn them into movie stars.

Steroids were also being widely used by professional athletes in other sports. The drug may have been banned by the Olympic committee by this time, but professional athletes continued to use it. The NBA and the NFL also started to get concerned with its wide use and decided to implement a ban on the use of the substance as well.

Controlled substances

It wasn’t until 1991 that the US government decided to include steroids on the list of controlled substances. The use of steroids was prohibited with the exception of the medical community. The drug could only be used if it were prescribed as a treatment for a medical condition.

Unfortunately, the use of steroids was so popular that the government’s ban did little to prevent people from using it. The drug was being sold illegally on the streets and it was widely available.

Steroids were so effective in enhancing muscular growth and strength of athletes and non-athletes alike that the demand for it was so high. In order to sell the drug legally, many companies developed other ways to incorporate it in other products.  Nowadays, the drug can be found in performance enhancers and other products sold as human growth hormones.

Whatever form or title steroids have developed into today, the performance of the drug remains the same. In fact, hiding the drug in other products has only caused more of a problem since it can easily be abused. The abuse of steroids may enable the users to realize quick results, but this can cause long term damage to the human body. The damage that the drug causes may not even be repairable.