The purchase of anabolic steroids and performance enhancing drugs is full of legalities. While some countries have stringent laws related to use, sale, possession, and purchase of these drugs, some countries have flexible laws. Therefore, it is important for one to have a complete and clear understanding of the laws related to steroids and performance enhancing drugs to avoid legal hassles.
While use and purchase of steroids in countries such as Pakistan, India, Ukraine, Turkey, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Egypt, Lebanon, Colombia, Thailand, Syria, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Iran, steroid laws in the United Kingdom have recently been changed and import of steroids into the country is illegal with effect from 23 April 2012 though steroid possession is legal for personal use and people can bring their steroids into the country for personal use.
Every state and country has its own set of laws regarding use, sale, purchase, and possession of steroids and performance enhancing drugs.
A new bill has recently been proposed to amend the Controlled Substances Act to effectively regulate anabolic steroids. The proposed bill, “Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2012″ would put users and buyers of steroids to an increased imprisonment of not more than 10 years, a fine not to exceed the greater of that authorized in accordance with the provisions of title 18, United States Code, or $500,000 if the defendant is an individual or $2,500,000 if the defendant is other than an individual, or both. The possession or sale of steroids without a valid medical prescription is illegal and simple possession of these drugs carries a maximum penalty of $1000 fine in case of first offense and the maximum penalty for trafficking is five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 if this is a first felony drug offense for the individual. In case of second felony, the maximum fine and period of imprisonment both double.
The Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 1990 defined controlled steroids as a class of drug in Schedule III, including 27 named specifically and The Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2004 categorized 32 additional steroids in Schedule III and expanded regulatory and enforcement authority of DEA regarding steroids. This is to aggressively identify, target, and seeking to disrupt and dismantle large-scale foreign manufacturers of anabolic steroids who are violating laws in the United States.
Sport associations including Fédération Internationale de Football Association, the Olympics Committee, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, and the National Football League have already banned the use of steroids and many performance enhancing drugs.
According to laws of many states and federal laws, the sale of anabolic steroids or possession or possession with intent to sell is a felony. Any individual convicted of steroid sale, or possession of anabolic steroids unlawfully with intent to sell, may be penalized by up to five years in prison under federal law. The unlawful possession of steroids is a federal offence, punishable by up to one year in prison and/or a minimum fine of $1,000 for a first offense. Steroids are illegal under both state and federal laws, which means an individual may be prosecuted under either jurisdiction and the agency responsible for arrest and seriousness of charges depend on which court the case will be appearing.