CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 11, 1983
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(Studio) In effort to avoid controversy at 1984 Olympics, United States Olympic Committee reported announcing drug testing for all American Olympic athletes; details given.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Atlanta, Georgia) Disqualification of several winners at recent Pan American games due to illegal use of steroids recalled; near-epidemic use of steroids as muscle-builders among United States athletes despite indications of major medical problems as result examined. [Peter BATTE - notes size of black market for steroids among amateurs.] [Sports physiologist Rankin COOTER - agrees.] Ease of obtaining illegal steroids illustrated by CBS producer Rome Hartman's telephone order. [HARTMAN - discusses order with supplier.] Warnings on drug bottles shown, discussed. [Dr. Robert KERR - notes many steroids never approved for safe use by humans, but are for veterinary use; explains.] Drugs obtained by Hartman noted coming from C&S Drug Supply in Pittsburgh; owner's defense of illegal sales quoted. [American College of Sports Med. spokesperson David LAMB - notes potential health dangers.] [KERR - cites athletes' tendency toward overdosing, side effects.] Indications of spreading use of steroids among high school athletes noted. [Gym owner Ken. "Doc" NEELY - claims coaches encouraging HS players.] [high school coach Jim CAGLE - cites students' efforts to obtain steroids.] Sports doctors mentioned receiving increasing number requests from parents for athletic children seeking college scholarships. [KERR - describes incident with parents.] Estimated number of United States athletes presently using steroids mentioned.
REPORTER: Bruce Hall
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