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How Long Can PED Use Haunt You?

Performance-enhancing drugs, or PEDs, have received a great deal of media attention in recent years in New York and across the county. The issue has become especially relevant in the legal world. As PEDs have become publicly well known, athletes from all sports and backgrounds have become increasingly exposed to criticism and attack. Although efforts to increase the legal consequences of steroid possession have been a focus of media attention, little has been said about the lasting consequences steroid use can have on a person’s personal and professional lives.

A New York Times article told the story of Georgia college student Kolton Houston, a football player who struggled with removing detectable traces of anabolic steroids from his body years after he had stopped using them. After testing positive for steroids once, Houston was suspended from playing for one calendar year. After a second drug test showed a detectable level of steroids in his system, although the level had dropped significantly, Houston was issued a lifetime ban from taking part in NCAA athletics.

After arguing that the declining level of the drug in his system was evidence that he had not used it since the first drug test, the lifetime ban was lifted, but Houston was still not permitted to play. The steroid level continued to drop to a level that, as argued by Houston’s trainer, offered no competitive advantage.

Eventually, Houston was forced to resort to plastic surgery to extract the fatty tissue in his buttocks, where the residual steroids had collected. It was only at that point that he could return to playing college football.

Stories like Houston’s may become somewhat commonplace, as athletes continue to fight against disproportionately long-lasting consequences for previous PED use. If you are struggling with accusations of steroid use, whether the alleged use is current or in the past, it is imperative that you contact an experienced attorney who understands your rights and the legal issues surrounding steroid use in the United States. Be sure to check out www.steroidlaw.com for more information on anabolic steroids and the law.

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