Archive for April 1st, 2004

Steroids Again

Thursday, April 1st, 2004

The rational behind extra penalties for selling drugs near a school is that children are innocent, unable to make decisions regarding their health and safety on their own, and need protection. None of those apply to adults at the local gym.

Prior to the Steroid Control Act of 1990, you could find a doctor specializing in sports medicine who would prescribe reasonable doses of anabolic steroids, monitoring your blood and liver all through the process. The Steroid Control Act of 1990 made anabolic steroids C-III controlled substance (possession without a script from a US doctor is a felony), and made it illegal for a doctor to prescribe them for performance enhancement. Fourteen years later, anabolic steroids are more popular than ever. But you can’t go to a doctor for advice. Instead you go to your local drug dealers and hope that what he gives you is not fake, diluted, contaminated, or counterfeit.

Then because of a loophole in the Hatch Supplement Act, steroid precursors (prohormones) were discovered and became available at every local health food store. They’re not as good as anabolic steroids. Some may be harsher on your liver than injectables, but at least you know what you’re getting. Now the US government wants to outlaw prohormones and increase the penalties for selling steroids near a gym.

Adolescents under the age of 21 should not use anabolic steroids or prohormones. They’re not done growing. Limiting the sales of prohormones to adults is a reasonable measure to take. But that would just force adolescents to buy real steroids off the black market.

The only way to prevent children from buying steroids is to dry up the black market. The only real way to do that is to allow doctors to prescribe steroids for cosmetic or muscle enhancing purposes. I, as an adult, have the right to change my appearance as many times as I wish through surgery. Why not through hormones?