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Dreams, steroids, death -- a ballplayer's downfall

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Garibaldi's response was to use steroids, and his parents and his psychiatrist say it was the extensive use of those drugs that led the once- vibrant young man down an increasingly troubled path that ended in a derailed baseball career, depression and months of emotional turmoil before he ultimately committed suicide at the age of 24. The Chronicle reported this month on the grand jury testimony of two baseball stars who were among the most prominent clients of BALCO, the Burlingame laboratory at the center of the sports doping scandal. Bonds, who set baseball's single season home run record with 73 in 2001 and has publicly denied using steroids, told the grand jury that he used a clear substance and a cream provided by a friend who is now accused of distributing BALCO drugs, but that he never thought they were steroids. New York Yankees slugger Jason Giambi testified that he used steroids and also injected human growth hormone. After The Chronicle reported on the testimony, U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona told the Associated Press that the problem of steroid use was less a moral and ethical issue than it is a public health issue. In the early morning of Oct. 1, 2002, sitting in a car just around the block from his parents' home, Rob Garibaldi finally put an end to what had been a tumultuous period plagued by depression, rage and delusional behavior, using a .357 Magnum he had stolen the day before. [...] in early March of this year, they saw the parents of a Texas high school baseball player named Taylor Hooton describing on national television how their son had hanged himself as a result of steroid use. The Garibaldis found it hauntingly familiar, and soon began to tell Rob's story to high school students, national television audiences and state legislators who had taken up the cause in the wake of the BALCO scandal. An annual study by the University of Michigan indicates that steroid use among all students in eighth through 12th grades rose yearly throughout the 1990s, an indication that many kids recognized the drugs could benefit not only athletes but boys and girls simply seeking the body beautiful. [...] in addition to potential physical dangers such as liver damage and heart disease, experts say, steroid use can create psychological trauma. Dr. Harrison Pope, the director of the biological psychiatry laboratory at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, said in a telephone interview that in addition to the aggressive behavior often linked with steroid use, the withdrawal from using can lead to depression and, in extreme cases, suicide. Garibaldi's concerns about his body and the use of steroids weren't the only issues he struggled with. Since age 22, he had been taking antidepressants that have since been said to increase suicidal tendencies in children. He also had a learning disability that led him to take Provigil, a drug prescribed to help cope with the effects of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. [...] Garibaldi's psychiatrist, Dr. Brent Cox, said a series of rage incidents and other emotional issues coincided precisely with three separate, 10-week periods of steroid use that Garibaldi described during sessions. When he left high school in 1997, after three years of lifting weights and ingesting an array of weight- and muscle-gaining supplements that included some legal but controversial substances, Rob was 5-foot-11, 150 pounds -- bigger, but not nearly big enough, he felt. The supplements he took, his father said, included creatine and androstenedione, known as Andro, the steroid precursor Mark McGwire admitted to using when he hit 70 home runs in 1998. Creatine had become a popular supplement among athletes and gym rats, although there were warnings about its potential dangers, including possible cancer risks. In the summer after Garibaldi's high school graduation, in preparation for beginning school and a baseball career at the College of San Mateo, Garibaldi decided he needed some artificial assistance with his weight- training program. Athletes typically take steroids for a period of weeks, called a cycle; upon returning home, Garibaldi began his first cycle. Because I remember at the time being a friend thinking, 'What the hell are you doing?' I think people usually take six- to 10-week cycles. Garibaldi chose the scholarship to USC, the top college choice of his parents, who were particularly comforted by the school's strong program to help kids with learning disabilities. During a recruiting visit to USC in October, while Ray and Denise met with an academic counselor, Rob took a tour of the training facilities. First came news that Garibaldi was having academic troubles. Pope, the Harvard psychiatrist with expertise in steroid use, said various studies have supported the notion of " 'roid rage" -- with users exhibiting irritability, aggressiveness and sometimes violence, along with a disregard for the consequences. Pope also cited problems associated with steroid withdrawal, particularly when a person abruptly stops using rather than cycles off the drugs by lowering the dosage in the final weeks. Among the symptoms are depression, disinterest, excessive sleeping, loss of appetite, and, in extreme cases, suicidal behavior. Garibaldi also told Cox he had reduced his dosage of Effexor and intended to stop taking the drug altogether because he wanted to take steroids free of any interactions with other "mind-altering agents" that he was being prescribed, according to Cox's records. [...] just weeks before USC was set to make another College World Series appearance in June 2001, Gillespie kicked Garibaldi off the team and took away his scholarship. Garibaldi seemed to start off relatively well, but his mental well-being quickly deteriorated -- to the point that Goelz was having to write practice times on Garibaldi's wrist to make sure the outfielder wasn't late. Garibaldi also apparently wasn't precise in his use, later telling his mother that he took "about this much" each time he injected, never mentioning an exact dosage. [...] four months after he confided to his mother, Rob stole a gun from a shooting range. For Ray Garibaldi, the bitterness remains palpable, with much of his anger reserved for Major League Baseball and what he sees as public indifference to steroid use.
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Why It's Time To Legalize Steroids In Professional Sports

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Various professional sports leagues have attempted to set a level playing field by testing for drug use and suspending those found guilty. It's a noble effort, but it's clearly not working. The answer?

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USATODAY.com - Fight against steroids gaining muscle in high school athletics

USATODAY.com - Fight against steroids gaining muscle in high school athletics | Steroids in sports | Scoop.it
Sports Weekly special report: Much more than wins and losses are on the line in today's world of high school sports. Lives are being altered even lost to the use of performance-enhancing substances that have made their way to the corridors and...
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Anabolic Steroids - Steroid .com

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The largest and most trusted provider of Anabolic Steroids information. Featuring over 1 million pages and a massive steroids community.
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Top 10 Pros and Cons - Sports and Drugs - ProCon.org

Top 10 Pros and Cons - Sports and Drugs - ProCon.org | Steroids in sports | Scoop.it
Pro and con quotes related to the core question: Should performance enhancing drugs (such as steroids) be accepted in sports? Read sourced pros and cons from top experts, government officials, scholars, pundits, and more.
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Steroids

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Get the facts about steroids, their side effects, and what can drive kids to try them. Being aware of the kinds of pressures kids deal with in sports can help you make sure that your child isn't at risk.
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Gosselin: Why I now voted for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens - Dallas Morning News

Gosselin: Why I now voted for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens - Dallas Morning News | Steroids in sports | Scoop.it
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Gosselin: Why I now voted for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens
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Alex Martin's curator insight, January 9, 2014 10:10 AM

I think this article is useful because it is showing that steroid users in pro sports are recieving more and more votes for the MLB Hall of Fame. In my opinion, if pro athletes who use steroids are getting voted into the hall of fame, it is telling other athletes, "We recognize their use of PED's and we dont care." 

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Does 'Roid Rage' Really Exist?

Does 'Roid Rage' Really Exist? | Steroids in sports | Scoop.it
Abusing steroids to build muscle is linked to numerous health problems, from high cholesterol to liver damage – less clear is whether steroid use produces the psychotic episode called "roid rage."
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Baseball's Steroid Era » Info, Lists, Quotes, Timelines, Statistics

Baseball's Steroid Era » Info, Lists, Quotes, Timelines, Statistics | Steroids in sports | Scoop.it
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Jose Canseco interview article Steroids Canseco hit former Rookie of the Year MVP Major League Baseball history Canseco abuse of steroids in baseball Jim Bouton baseball’s dirty little steroid secr...

Jose Canseco interview article Steroids Canseco hit former Rookie of the Year MVP Major League Baseball history Canseco abuse of steroids in baseball Jim Bouton baseball’s dirty little steroid secr... | Steroids in sports | Scoop.it
Jose Canseco interview article Steroids Canseco hit former Rookie of the Year MVP Major League Baseball history Canseco abuse of steroids in baseball Jim Bouton baseball’s dirty little steroid secret upcoming TV show, A Day With Jose playoffs Steroids...
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Anabolic Steroids: Use and Abuse

Today, anabolic steroids are more associated with body building and performance enhancement than with medical conditions. This feature provides a review of anabolic steroids and their side effects.
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FDA finds steroids in muscle growth product; resulted in case of liver ...

FDA finds steroids in muscle growth product; resulted in case of liver ... | Steroids in sports | Scoop.it
The US Food and Drug Administration warns consumers not to use muscle growth product marketed as a dietary supplement because it's been found to contain.
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