Module One - Legal concerns

Module one will cover a brief overview of some of the most significant legal changes to the possession and distribution of steroids.

Supervisor's Guide to Understanding Anabolic Androgenic Steroids

Photo of bottles of steroids in liquid formIn the late 1980's, the U.S. Congress considered listing AAS in the Controlled Substances Act. Based on evidence of widespread abuse, AAS are now classified by the FDA and DEA as Schedule III controlled substances. The Crime Control Act of 1990, approved on November 29, 1990, includes previsions for control of these drugs and penalties for inappropriate trafficking in them. This means that federal and most state laws dictate that the sale of steroids, possession of steroids, and possession of steroids with intent to sell are all classified as felonies. Any individual who is convicted of the sale of steroids or possesses steroids unlawfully with intent to sell may under federal law be penalized by up to five years in prison. That same individual may face more than five years of punishment depending on the applicable state law. Almost every state has sanctioned various laws placing AAS in the controlled-substance category, in addition to the federal law.

The Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2004 further amended this law to increase the number of AAS that were included and make it easier to add additional drugs. Schedule III drugs are highly regulated and they include such substances as opiates, barbiturates, and some morphine type drugs.