Steroids In Australia Case Study

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Following recent drug scandals throughout the world of sport in regards to the use of anabolic steroids, laws regarding their use and distribution are now being reviewed and higher penalties may conclude. In Australia following a number of doping scandals within AFL and more specifically the Essendon Football Club have been assessed and investigated by the “Anti-Doping Tribunal” which expended 2 years of investigation to bring the ever expanding case in regards to Essendon football club to a close. source? you need to reference sources of information. Players were found to be taking a variety of performance enhancing drugs including the illicit use of anabolic steroids. The club received a 2 million dollar fine and some players were suspended…show more content…
(AustralianInstituteofCriminology, 2015) Steroids can permanently stunt the growth of adolescents. Men who use steroids can experience shrinking testes, gynaecomastia (enlarged breasts) and prostate and fertility problems. Women can experience clitoral enlargement, shrinking breasts, permanent deepening of the voice, menstrual irregularities and growth of body and facial hair. Psychological effects can include enhanced self-esteem and euphoria, but also increased aggression and irritability, mood swings, changes in libido, paranoia and depression. Psychological dependence on steroids is possible. Withdrawal symptoms include mood swings, severe depression, insomnia, lethargy, nausea, headaches and cravings. (AustralianInstituteofCriminology, 2015) Currently in Australia the offence of importation of anabolic steroids has a maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment and/or a fine of 1,000 penalty units. If the amount is below the critical quantity the maximum penalty is the greater of three times the value of the goods, or 1,000 penalty units. (Sutton, 2015) Whereas a drug like cocaine according to section 24 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act, (it is an offence to manufacture or produce a prohibited drug.) The maximum penalty for this offence is a fine of 2000 penalty units and/or 10 years

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