Amateur Armstrongs

Amateur Armstrongs The Lance Armstrong scandal has blown the lid on the world of sports doping. However, a larger problem is at risk of slipping by unnoticed: widespread use of performance enhancers by members of the public.

The Netherlands is in the grip of a public health crisis. Officials estimate up to 160,000 fitness fanatics may be doping in the country, risking serious health problems, which "often don't manifest until years after use". As the international market is swamped with products manufactured in underground labs, even some dealers are getting worried. "How big is the problem we will get down the line from these counterfeit drugs? Nobody knows."

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