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Steroid use Unethical, but Stimulants OK?

Tuesday, 15 May 2012 12:11 PM

In what might be called a pharmaceutical double standard, a new study has found college men believe using steroids to improve athletic performance is less ethical than using stimulants to boost academic performance.
What’s more, the new research by the American Psychological Association determined many college students see the misuse of prescription drugs seen as “more necessary” for success in school. Students who had used stimulants without a prescription were also more inclined to see such drug use as acceptable, according to the findings published online in the APA journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.
"This is consistent with the idea that using performance enhancers is viewed as less ethical in the sporting world than in the academic world," said lead researcher Tonya Dodge, of George Washington University. "Interestingly, the students in our study considered off-label prescription drug use as more effective for success than using steroids."
For the study, researchers surveyed 1,200 college freshmen -- 73 percent white -- at Pennsylvania State University. They were questioned about their own drug use and asked to compare steroid use by athletes and stimulant use by students.
Less than 1 percent of the students said they had used steroids, but 8 percent admitted to misusing prescription stimulants in the last 12 months. Participants were also significantly more likely to rate steroid users as “cheaters” than prescription drug users.
"One reason students may have felt [stimulant use] was more necessary than steroids for success is because people may believe intelligence is less malleable than athletic ability,” said Dodge. “

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College men decry steroids in athletics, but say its OK to use stimulants to boost academic performance.
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 12:11 PM
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