Anabolic steroids have legit medical uses, but you should know that some of the most famous ‘got caught cheating’ athletes were on a different kind of juice: Steroids for vetinary use.
Ben Johnson, stripped of his sprinter’s 100m gold after testing positive, was using a notorious drug call Winstrol-V, an iintramuscular injectable (injected into muscle where it is carried throughout the body).
Winstrol V: the V designates “vetinary use”. The label has pictures of farm animals.
Equipose used to be popular in the 90’s, and it had pictures of horses on the bottle and ‘for vetinary use only’ warnings. The name also has latin roots designating it is for horsies.
One particular steroid blend of four drugs, “sustanon”, came prepacked in a needle that was so large/thick/long as to be frightening. The gauge of the needle tip was intended to pierce animal flesh/muscle.
Recently, ‘designer drugs’ have been formulated which are hard to detect AND relatively easy to mask…AND disappear shortly after use, which is vital, because athletes will come off the drug during testing, even if it is hard to detect. When you come off the drug, your performance will decline for a few weeks. These designer drugs are just newer versions of anabolic steroids or drugs that it is believed to produce anabolic effects (but lack formal testing…?THG?).
There are docs who tweak the drugs and supply athletes, and docs who try to keep pace with the tweaking and masking techniques. Sports Illustrated and some other big mags have published stories about the docs who are duking it out.