• Question: What do you think about athletes that use performance enhancing drugs in sport?

    Asked by jadencholmes to Laura, Asif, Lena, Sean, Viv on 19 Mar 2012. This question was also asked by blunt, cowen.
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      Sean Murphy answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      There is a bit of a grey area when it comes to performance enhancing drugs. There are some obviously wrong drugs, like some steroids, but then there are other drugs like nutrients that are part of a healthy diet, just in pill form. One of the most difficult drugs to detect is something called human erythropoietin (EPO). This is a hormone naturally created by the human body to increase red blood cell levels. Some athletes will inject themselves with EPO to increase their stamina, and it is impossible to determine if someone has used the drug, or just has naturally high EPO levels.

    • Photo: Lena Ciric

      Lena Ciric answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      I think that using performance enhancing drugs give the users an unfair advantage over those not using them.

    • Photo: Viv Lyons

      Viv Lyons answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      I agree that their should be a fair and level playing field where the natural human body is what is tested.