Effects of Using PEDs
Now we already hit on why esports players use these different drugs to enhance their performance, but the true risk lies in the health concerns of prolonged use of these drugs without the physical need of them. Outside of the performance enhancement aspect of PEDs, use can lead to addiction, overdoses, serotonin syndrome, and severe weight loss. These can be very dangerous and life-altering situations. But what is being done to combat the use of these PEDs?
Regulation of PEDs
Unfortunately, the United States Esports Federation and the International Esports Federation have not banned any possible PEDs even though they belong to the World Anti-Doping Agency esports branch. This is a gross oversight that needs to be corrected in esports in order to keep the integrity and safety of the players and game in check.
Individual leagues such as the Electronic Sports League have banned substances and PEDs from use during their competitions with real repercussions coming from the use of said PEDs. But testing for these types of PEDs is troublesome and expensive. For example, testing for the use of Adderall is extremely expensive and is not perfect as the drug leaves the system relatively fast.