New Federal Steroid Law Takes Effect

The Federal Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2004 is now in effect. It redefines many steroid precursors (“prohormones” and “pro-steroids”) to be illegal anabolic steroids and authorizes individuals who possess these products to be arrested and dragged into court for prosecution. The new law shoves many products formerly sold as dietary supplements into the same schedule as barbiturates and narcotic painkillers such as Vicodin. Possession of a single andro or other newly scheduled prohormone tablet is now a federal crime punishable by up to a year in jail for a first offense, even if you bought the product prior to the change in the law, and distributing is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison for a first offense. The law adds 26 new compounds to the previous list of substances that are legally defined as “anabolic steroids”. The newly added compounds are: androstanediol; androstanedione; androstenediol; androstenedione; bolasterone; calusterone; *1-dihydrotestosterone (a.k.a. “1-testosterone”); furazabol; 13b-ethyl-17a-hydroxygon-4-en-3-one; 4-hydroxytestosterone; 4-hydroxy-19-nortestosterone; mestanolone; 17a-methyl-3b,17b-dihydroxy-5a-androstane; 17a-methyl-3a,17b-dihydroxy-5a-androstane; 17a-methyl-3b,17b-dihydroxyandrost-4-ene; 17a-methyl-4-hydroxynandrolone; methyldienolone; methyltrienolone; 17a-methyl-*1-dihydrotestosterone (a.k.a. “17-a-methyl-1-testosterone”); norandrostenediol; norandrostenedione; norbolethone; norclostebol; normethandrolone; stenbolone; and tetrahydrogestrinone. [Click here for the full text of the new law]