Dr. Gary Wadler of the World Anti-Doping Agency and NYU School of Medicine, talks about families who have lost their kids to anabolic steroids. After that, he explains why the consequences of anabolic steroids are not inconsequential.
How can sports ruling bodies to regulate their own athletes? Gary Wadler: Well, probably the arguments that comes back at me and I guess I have sort of been one of the more outspoken individuals, is there are more people watching baseball than ever before. That doesn’t make it right. Just remember Don Hooten’s son, Taylor. When we appeared in Congress, there were three families who lost kids to anabolic steroids. I often say when it comes to the player association who looks out for the good welfare of their players, they should not only be looking out for the financial good welfare of their players but the health, good and welfare of their players. The consequences of these drugs are not inconsequential. Just look at what happened in professional wrestling and the number of premature deaths which we think we can’t prove both, pretty comfortable related to the abuse of anabolic steroids in human growth hormone. So, what’s it going to take? I don’t know. I mean many of us have laid out the elements. It’s not like they have to invent the program; it exists. They just have to read it and implement it or get a third party to implement it. Nuance changes within their programs are not going to change anything but that’s where they’re at. I don’t know the answer. I don’t know if they ever will until such time as public opinion puts enough pressure on them. Right now, public opinion is intrigued. Does this record count? Doesn’t it count? Did this guy take it or didn’t he take it? Are these homeruns worthy of being in the Hall of Fame or not being in the Hall of Fame? All those kinds of things and people seem to be more interested in those debates as I go around and then what are the consequences of all of this? I got into this as a physician and I have watched what’s happened to people. It’s quite distressing.