I would like to use my final blog posts to reopen the discussion on steroid use/abuse. I know the midterm reports were very long winded and even then I feel like some people may have been tired of one group talking and not gotten possible questions answered. I’ve read up on it a lot (admittedly on the internet so how reliable is that), but I also heard/know of several personal accounts of people using anabolic steroids. The biggest issue I see with people using steroids, aside from the fact that they are illegal, is the abuse where they do not cycle off properly. Many people use steroids with little or no unwanted side effects when they run a reasonable length cycle, and when they come off of them and stay clean for long enough to let their body get a break from them. These same people could possibly face complications down the road, but a lot of the big cases you hear about where there are serious side effects come from years of steroid use with very little or no cycling off. Another serious problem with steroid use today is that the correct dosage/cycle length really is not set in stone. This makes me pose the question ‘If people are going to use steroids (legally or not), and they can be used without people suffering serious side effects, then should research be done and credible resources be available to those to help minimize the risk associated with steroid use?’ This idea would gain a lot of opposition because if you published something informing people of what a bad cycle consists of (dose, length, stack, specific steroid) and warned them against it then some may take that as you promoting the “safe” use of steroids. I do believe, however, that as steroids are gaining popularity among more common people and not just the big bodybuilders that some type of education could be utilized and possibly help us with healthcare costs down the road by lowering associated health risks in this fashion. Let me know what you think!!