Anabolic Steroid Seekers Find Easy Access
Supply of Performance Enhancers 'Virtually Unlimited'
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"Any way you cut it this is drug dealing. But unfortunately it's an
issue. Not only does the individual like what they're seeing, but others,
unwittingly, like it as well," he tells WebMD.
Anabolic steroids remain legal when used for medical purposes with a
doctor's prescription. But their legitimate use for most disorders has given
way to newer drugs. Still, Wadler says that diversion from legitimate medical
practices is a relatively small source of illegal anabolic steroids.
"I think most of it these days comes from other countries," he
Supply 'Virtually Unlimited'
Anabolic steroids remain unregulated in most other countries, including
Mexico, where they can be readily purchased without a prescription.
Raymond J. Giribaldi, told lawmakers Thursday that his son Rob traveled to
Tijuana, Mexico, from the family's home in San Diego to obtain the anabolic
steroids he used before committing suicide while in the throes of a severe
post-anabolic steroid depression.
Joseph T. Rannazzisi, deputy director of the office of diversion control at
the Drug Enforcement Administration warned the House Judiciary Committee in
March 2004 that the supply of anabolic steroids entering the U.S. was
Part of the problem for legal authorities is the vast variety of anabolic
steroids and anabolic steroid-like products available. Literally dozens of
anabolic steroids are manufactured, in addition to an untold number of
precursors of anabolic steroids and other hormones, only some of which are
illegal in the U.S.
Wide grey areas between which compounds are legal and which are not give
sellers ample room to market products to uneducated consumers.
Drug tests for years have revealed athletes taking Equipoise and Winstrol V,
two anabolic steroids made not for humans, but for horses and other livestock,
Officials tracking claims related to legal human growth hormone precursors
on the Internet have found them almost too numerous to count, Cleland says.
"The fact is no one has a handle on how much of this stuff their really
is," he says.
Signs to Watch Out For
It's oftentimes hard for parents to believe their kid might be using
anabolic steroids. And it's sometimes even harder to tell of they're using
But there are signs you can look for. If your child has one or more of the
following warning signs, he or she may be abusing steroids:
- Development of breasts
- Growth of facial hair
- Deepened voice
- Breast reduction
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin)
- Swelling of feet or ankles
- Aching joints
- Bad breath
- Mood swings