Here’s the news about the latest in athelete doping:
What about chemical intellectual enhancement? How many college students use speed and other chemicals, assuming that the drugs will get them better test results, enable them to stay up all night, or win at a chess competition?
Why should MD-administered drugs be okay, while obtaining the exact sane drugs on the street isn’t? If someone wins a chess game while on prescribed drugs that are supposedly medically necessary, will that person be stripped of their title? Doubtful. Yet this might be the same chemical sold on the streets.
Sure, you might win. You might run faster for a while, or think your mind is quicker. With these chemicals comes serious risk to our bodies that we are quick to ignore in our quest for immediate gratification.
It’s well-known that coffee or caffeine will improve running speed. As do water, carbohydrates, protein, and fats. Apparently if a runner goes much further with chemical enhancement, such drug use will be considered either illegal or against the rules of athletic associations enough to disqualify or even penalize the runner.
Such debates involve legal and ethical hair-splitting, moral considerations, and financial stakes. For most of us, though, who won’t be winning marathons anytime soon, we must each consider this individually, weigh the risks and benefits, and hopefully make a responsible choice for ourselves.