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Title: Commentary: Steroid Madness- has the dark side of anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) been over-stated?
Contributor(s): Mulrooney, Kyle J D  (author)orcid ; van de Ven, Katinka  (author)orcid ; McVeigh, Jim (author); Collins, Rick (author)
Publication Date: 2019
Early Online Version: 2019-05-19
DOI: 10.1016/j.peh.2019.03.001
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Abstract: Recently the journal Performance Enhancement & Health put out a call to produce a special issue on the dark side of human enhancement, including the use of legal and illegal substances, leading us to ponder whether the “dark side” of anabolic-androgenic steroids (from here on, “steroids”) has been overstated. In this commentary, we will briefly engage with this question by unpacking what we describe here as the “narrative of harm”, which tends to dominate discourses on steroid use in wider society. We then consider an alternative perspective on steroid use which focuses on the users’ experience and understanding, with particular attention to the role of pleasure. Finally, we conclude by exploring some of the negative policy consequences arising from the dominance of the “narrative of harm” and advance a regulatory approach grounded in rational and research informed discussions around both the pleasures and pains of steroid use. A more developed version of this argument can be found in the forthcoming collection Human Enhancement Drugs, published by Routledge in 2019 (Mulrooney, van de Ven, McVeigh, & Collins, 2019).
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Performance Enhancement & Health, 6(3-4), p. 98-102
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Place of Publication: The Netherlands
ISSN: 2211-2669
Field of Research (FoR) 2008: 160299 Criminology not elsewhere classified
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
160510 Public Policy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920504 Men's Health
940499 Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
940403 Criminal Justice
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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