Testosterone drug, 2000.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Photograph taken for the 'Sydney 2000: Drugs Olympics?' exhibition held in the Antenna Gallery, Science Museum, London from June 2000 to February 2001, which investigated drug use in sport. The use of the steroid testosterone was widespread in the eastern bloc before the fall of the Iron Curtain. Young female athletes were made to take it, often with devastating health consequences later in their lives. Drugs to boost athletic performance continue to blight many sports. Substances used are increasingly sophisticated and difficult to detect, a problem exacerbated by the use of 'masking agents', other drugs designed to hide the presence of the performance-enhancing substance itself.