Luke laid it out pretty well a while back:
I don't have the best answers as to why steroids should be banned from professional competition, other than to say the use of them by an athlete doesn't pass the "smell test". For whatever reason, it just doesn't sit right. It feels like cheating, but emotions aren't necessarily tools of cognition. So, by no means am I suggesting that's basis enough for governmental regulation.
To which I replied at the time:
It's just flat out inhuman to present competitors with the choice of 1) irreparably damage their health or 2) compete at a massive disadvantage.
But now with so much more coming out on the topic it's time to come to a more definitive answer.
For my dollar, pro-wrestler Lance Storm makes the case in the most convincing fashion:
his bullshit mentality of "I did steroids because I had to", or "I took pain pills because I had to to make all the towns" is a complete load of crap. This business is tough yes, but less talented, or smaller guys who take steroids to get a job or push they don't deserve just makes it tougher. "Everyone else was doing it" is a bullshit excuse your Mother wouldn't accept when you were 10, Mark, quit using it now. Not EVERYONE else was doing it and those of use who weren't either suffered for it, or gave into the pressure and got dragged down the toilet with you.
That's pretty clear to me. Steroids give an unfair advantage to the less talented and pressure others to risk their health to compete. The death toll that steroids have wrought speaks for itself. Let's cut the shit and do what we need to do to reduce the abuse. More testing, more teaching, whatever.