The law does not prevent individuals from skiing, scuba diving or even hang gliding, although all are extremely dangerous activities. As one reviewer noted: “People in this country can choose to have tummy tucks, breast implants, nose jobs, smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol excessively, or watch strippers as long as they don’t hurt other people. Actually smokers are allowed free reign to harm others with second hand smoke in most places in the country except California, so why aren’t people allowed to exert their freedom of choice in regards to use of things like marijuana and anabolic steroids, either of which can be credibly argued to be less dangerous or no more dangerous than cigarettes and alcohol.” Smokers are not subjected to arrest and criminal prosecution, even though many, many more deaths result from tobacco annually than in all fifty years of non-medical steroid use. Each year, the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs – including over-the-counter aspirin and ibuprofen – accounts for an estimated 7,600 deaths and 76,000 hospitalizations in the United States. Although the inherent risks of dangerous sports and cosmetic surgery are unnecessary, and may well outweigh the benefits, we do not proscribe these activities. Is it appropriate, then, to prevent mature, informed adults from choosing cosmetic enhancement through physician-administered hormones?
Although it was initially recommended that anabolic steroids be added to the list of substances coming under the Controlled Substances Act, many in the medical and drug enforcement community opposed such an action, claiming that steroids lacked both the physical and psychological dependence required for this type of classification. However, despite these objections, with the passage of the Anabolic Steroids Control Act of 1990 (ASCA), anabolic steroids (all substances related to testosterone) were added to Schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act. Other provisions of the ASCA included aggressive controls with increased criminal penalties for the illegal distribution of steroids. Although the majority of anabolic steroids are produced in pharmaceutical labs, they can also be created in home labs for trade on the black market, mainly in gyms and at athletic competitions.
There are no tell, tell signs of steroid abuse like there are with recreational drugs and this can make true abuse a little difficult to spot. However, here at we want to look at all aspects of steroid use, and in doing so, give you a better understanding of the topic at hand. Some of what you find will be nothing new, but much of it promises to be information that you’ve never been told. There is so much to discuss when it comes to this topic, and we guarantee when it comes to steroid abuse you may very well find what you once believed will rapidly change once exposed to the truth.