News: The Designer Steroid Control Act 2014
Blog Entry #44
By Admin – Steroidal.com
The Designer Steroid Control Act 2014 was introduced by Congress on Tuesday 11th of February, clamping down on derivatives of already banned anabolic steroids. The legislation makes it easier for the DEA to crack down on tweaked compounds available and listed as dietary supplements, but containing chemical cousins of prohibited anabolic agents.
The Designer Steroid Control Act 2014 would also make it easier to classify harmful products as controlled substances and increase penalties for importing, manufacturing or distributing them under false labels. The bill goes after designer steroids and prohormones widely available online and often yield steroid like gains and wide effects. These products exploit a loophole as these exact drugs are not on the Drug Enforcement Agencies controlled substances list.
The bill targets these specific products advertised as “dietary supplement” and sometimes “natural or legal steroids”. These can be found in supplements stores nationwide or in the internet, but are actually pretty harmful compounds. Some of these designer steroids can posses some serious side effects. They are basically chemically tweaked banned anabolic steroids and it seems their sale is going to be effected by this new bill if enacted.
“This bill would help prevent the sale of falsely labelled steroids and punish those who seek to profit from them,” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., a co-sponsor of the bill with Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. Whitehouse added “many American citizens may be unknowingly dosing themselves with these harmful substances.”
If this bill us successful it would add 27 known anabolic steroids to the DEAs controlled substances act making it far more up to date. It would also allow the DEA to add substances they identify to be quickly added to this list.
“The DEA needs to be able to act faster and have better enforcement tools to prosecute those that develop and falsely market anabolic steroids as safe products,” Hatch said.
“This goes directly toward stopping the manufacturing of these products,” said Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which oversees testing of Olympians and other athletes. “We think it is the best solution that we’ve been able to come up with to stop the ease by which designer anabolic steroids are coming to market.”
Five major dietary supplement industry associations, including the Council for Responsible Nutrition and the United Natural Products Alliance, announced their support for the bill Tuesday afternoon. Steve Mister, the council’s president, said one of the most important tools in the legislation is it gives the DEA the ability to list a chemical compound as a controlled substance if it’s chemically similar to one already on the list and if the manufacturer is marketing it for a steroid-like effects.
“We think that’s important, because we see these ingredients pop up and the DEA can’t keep up with them,” Mister said.
The bill goes after products such as, Trenavar, Dianabulk, Epi-Tren and Halo Extreme, so expect product similar to these to be taken off the shelves soon.