NEWS

Many young athletes contemplate drug use

Almost two in 10 young people who take part in sports would use banned substances if it helped their physique, according to a survey conducted by a new nongovernmental organization. Neoi questioned 700 people aged between 13 and 28 and found that 3 percent of them admitted to taking banned substances, which included ecstasy, cocaine, creatine and various anabolic steroids. However, 11 percent of the males who were questioned said that they would take a banned substance if their coach recommended it. Half of all the respondents said that the main danger in taking steroids is that they could cause an early death, while 46 percent said that the media is their main source of information about banned substances. Greece has had more than 20 athletes in various sports banned this year after they failed drug tests.