Every once in a while, a news story will emerge about a top-level athlete using anabolic steroids in order to increase their muscles and perform better in their sport. Anabolic steroids exist for medicinal purposes, making them a prescription drug. Those that are using anabolic steroids under the care and supervision of a medical professional are not doing so illegally. It is when the drug is used without a prescription that its use is regulated and punished by law.
Using Steroids May Be Illegal Without a Doctor’s Permission
Possession of anabolic steroids without a prescription is a crime. Under the Anabolic Steroids Control Act of 1990, federal restrictions on anabolic steroids without a prescription puts its usage in the same vein as barbiturates and LSD. Many states have followed suit and instituted harsh punishments for the possession of steroids.
In Texas, a person can be charged with:
- Class A misdemeanor for 28 grams or less
- Third-degree felony for more than 28 but less than 200 grams
- Second-degree felony for over 200 grams
Depending on the level of steroids found on a person, they can face over five years in prison, fines of over $10,000 and over three years of probation. This is in addition to random drug tests, maintaining consistent employment, and not being charged with any additional crimes.
Since both state and federal laws prohibit the use of anabolic steroids, possession of anabolic steroids for non-prescription use can be charged as both a state and a federal crime. While simple possession of anabolic steroids tend to be less severe, sale and distribution are more significant crimes.
Anytime someone is caught with steroids, it is in their best interest to consult with an experienced drug crimes defense attorney. Using steroids can have a significant impact on their future, and developing a solid defense can help to minimize any penalties that may result.