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March 16, 1984

Use of Anabolic Steroids by Athletes

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Booneville, Miss

JAMA. 1984;251(11):1430-1431. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340350024015

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To the Editor.—  In the Aug 1 issue of Sports Illustrated (pp 62-77), there was a good article on the apparent widespread use of anabolic steroids by participants in almost every American sport, but especially among weight lifters. Although I was aware that some athletes did this, I did not know that the practice was nearly so commonplace as it apparently is. Since I read that article, I have found that two of my patients were using the drugs and would not have told me about it if I had not asked about the practice specifically. Both told me that they really did not consider themselves to be taking a drug, at least not one that I would be concerned about.I believe the medical community needs to be more aware of this problem, and some effort should be put forth to control it. Although these are prescription drugs, it