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The Legal Nature of Using Anabolic Steroids

Males and females have testosterone hormones produced in their bodies and when there is a deficient production of testosterone, the normal growth, function and development of the body is stunted, that’s why physicians prescribe anabolic steroids, which is a synthetic variant of testosterone, to put back the normal level of testosterone, especially, in males. The complete name of this type of steroid drug is androgenic, which promotes masculine characteristics, anabolic, which helps in the tissue building, steroids, which refers to the class of drugs. Two major effects can come from using anabolic steroid drug: androgenic effect, which results into the physical changes experienced by a male during puberty until he reaches manhood; and the anabolic effect which results in the building of muscle tissues which is assisted by the body’s protein synthesis.

Because using anabolic steroids is medically guided and must have a physician’s prescription, this means that the use of this drug is regulated by law because it poses the danger of experiencing side-effects, when taken in more than the prescribed dosage, such that the physical side-effects are: high blood cholesterol levels, severe acne, thinning of hair and baldness, fluid retention, high blood pressure, liver disorders, can affect fetal development during pregnancy, risk of contracting HIV and blood-borne diseases from sharing infected needles, sexual and reproductive disorders, as well as the possible psychological disturbances, such as: mood swings, impaired judgment, depression, nervousness, extreme irritability, delusions, hostility and aggression.

The anabolic steroid drug is apparently being abused, not by those who have medical need of the drug, but by illegal users, who do not really have a deficiency of testosterone, but they claim that this drug has this effect on them: improve their physical performance, increases lean body mass, strength and aggressiveness; that’s why illegal users obtain this drug in the black market, where smuggled steroids come into the US, or from clandestine steroid manufacturers that do not have the license and are not authorize to produce the drug.
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Because of the fact that there is a growing increase of anabolic steroid abusers in the US, legislation on the abuse of this drug has been passed, which is the Anabolic Steroids Control Act of 1990 which placed anabolic steroids into Schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act, stating that the possession or sale of anabolic steroids without a valid prescription is illegal, and the following sentences will be enacted: carries a maximum penalty of 1 year in prison and a minimum $1,000 fine if this is an individual’s first drug abuse, and a maximum penalty for trafficking this drug is five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 if this is the individual’s first felony drug offense.6 Facts About Drugstores Everyone Thinks Are True