FULL DISCLAIMER: I am in now way defending PED users.
The sad reality is that when we talk about drug-cheats and how they are looking for an easy way of winning we are most certainly lying to ourselves. In many ways doping is not taking a short-cut, it is a path towards even more training, allowing the athlete to train even more. Without even getting into the depressive spiral that being a high level athlete can cause, we need to be serious as a culture when we talk about cheating and winning. By labelling PED's as being cheating we are ignoring the reality that most of these drugs work by allowing the athlete to train harder, more often or with less rest. If your boss came into your office and said I want you to work harder and longer but I am going to pay you more and give you better perks and move you up in the organization you probably would not consider it cheating but a rewards for increased work. I am almost sure that is how a lot of users justify their drug use to themselves. Far from seeing it as cheating, they see it as a ticket to working harder and not breaking down.
In Fagan's case, and many other athlete's who are not nationally or international celebrities, there is also the tremendous mental strain of knowing that the amount of financial security you have is directly related to your performance levels. Most national teams only support those who are winning thus the pressure on those athletes who are on the margins is increased by degrees of magnitude.
I just think we need to be mature about this and realize that the use and issues surrounding PED's is more complex than some after school special. Fagan's story is an example of this.