23 Oct '13, 8am

@mick_tagg @BBCr4today @richardmoore73 He had a more moderate & nuanced view, which I think has merit:

Public health aspect: because doping and doping-like practices are forced into hiding, especially outside elite sport, there is increased prevalence of dangerous behavior including sharing of syringes and the use of products of uncertain origin. The best example is anabolic steroid use for body building. Repression will not work, certainly not in a democratic society; therefore evidence-based controlled use and harm reduction must be discussed as potential alternatives for more pragmatic solutions. This is already partly being done for steroid users in the UK and Australia, with some success since more syringes are being exchanged for steroid injection than for heroin in the UK. [SS: Very interesting fact, that speaks to the larger societal issues at work in this debate.] Anti-doping cannot be successful. There are limits to testing technology and in order to prevent false...

Full article: http://www.sportsscientists.com/2009/07/a-very-different-...

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