December 17, 2014 — Congress has unanimously passed a bill that would add designer anabolic steroids to a list of controlled substances and ban 25 designer ingredients that are commonly marketed as bodybuilding supplements.
The legislation, Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act (DASCA), is set to be signed into law by President Barack Obama.
The law is designed to make it easier for federal authorities to prohibit the production of steroids and similar ingredients. According to a statement from Senator Orrin Hatch, one of the bill’s sponsors:
“Designer steroids are produced by reverse engineering existing illegal steroids and then slightly modifying their chemical composition, so the resulting product is not on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) list of controlled substances.”
The DEA would be given authority to temporarily schedule new steroids on the controlled substances list, so that if known steroids are slightly modified, they can be more easily removed from the market.
The law would create new penalties for importing, manufacturing, and distributing anabolic designer steroids under false labels. Violators may be fined up to $500,000 for each violation. It would also authorize the Attorney General to publish a list of products containing anabolic steroids that are not properly labeled.
Anabolic steroids can cause serious side effects, including liver injury and increased risk of heart attack and stroke. They may also lead to aggression, hostility, and addiction.
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