Originally Posted by WhiteSox5187
The difference is in that there was no rule against any drugs without a prescription until 1991 which was made in regards to the cocaine scandals of the 1980s. Guys who used steroids broke that rule, guys who used amphetamines (like Aaron and Mays) did not. There is also the question of how much a drug enhanced one's performance. The fact of the matter is anabolic steroids is a far greater enhancer than amphetamines. Amphetamines is really akin to drinking a couple of pots of coffee, it makes you more alert and mentally sharper but does not improve your physical performance. Steroids does.
I'm sure that steroids will provide a greater performance boost, but if amphetamines aren't that big of a deal, then why did mlb ban them? And why then have requests for ADHD drugs increased exponentially after amphetamines were banned? MLB players conveniently seem to have this disorder at a much higher rate than the general population.