WHEN STEROIDS ARE MADE LEGAL, WHAT HAPPENS?
I have a buddy who lives in Mexico, where steroid use is allowed. Let me tell you something. There is no steroid problem in Mexico. The problem doesn't even raise an eyebrow.
Anyone, including a 15-year-old soccer player, may stroll into a pharmacy, go straight up to the counter, ask for Sustanon 250 and Deca preloaded ready-jects, pay his 500 pesos, and walk out, just as if he'd bought pink sugar cookies and a bottle of Gatorade. It's no problem.
And, strangely, no one has died as a result of steroid use in Mexico. There are no suicides among teenagers. Cheaters and allegations of wrongdoing are not common in sports. Parental advocacy groups aren't clamoring for legislation. Nobody is appearing in front of Congress, accusing steroid-addicted professional athletes of their son's claimed suicide (more on that character in a minute).
Apart from the effects of alcoholism, the liver and kidneys are healthy and functional. Juice isn't being blamed for murders. The precious youth's lives are spared.
WHILE THIS IS GOING ON IN AMERICA....
In contrast, in America, just a sliver of land away from Mexico, steroids are an illegal, Schedule III drug, and congressmen have declared a "national public health crisis" because livers are sickening, kidneys are failing, cancer is on the rise, teens are hanging themselves, and otherwise normal people have psychotic episodes that end in madness, mayhem, murder, and death. Sports icons are shamed, the great American pastime's record books are riddled with asterisks, and our precious future pioneers, the youngsters, are in grave danger.
This is an interesting contrast. Steroids have been attributed cognitive abilities by the American media. On the one hand, they're touted as a miraculous treatment for muscle-wasting disorders, hypogonadism, and burn sufferers. They improve AIDS patients' quality of life, fight aging, develop muscle, burn fat, and improve performance on and off the field, as well as in the bedroom.
However, they are the modern era's plague, wreaking havoc among our youth and the sporting elite, causing disease, psychotic episodes, cancer, and death. And, in Mexico, they provide all of the aforesaid benefits while being relatively benign substances free of the ravages claimed in the United States.
THE USE OF STEROIDS IS SAFER THAN THE USE OF TYLENOL
What the media chose to inform us permitted the US government to commit one of the most egregious abuses of judicial power in history. And the government grabbed the hormones that our bodies naturally make, tagged them with a skull and crossbones, and declared anybody who own, use, import, or sell them illegal.
Steroids are forbidden because they are dangerous, you would suppose. Really? In comparison to what, exactly? See what happens if you swallow a bottle of Tylenol. See what happens if you swallow a bottle of Vitamin C. See what happens if you drink three gallons of water in one sitting.
What happens if you inject a full 10 cc bottle of testosterone? It's possible that you'll get a headache. MAYBE. What happens if you inject a whole vial of testosterone every day for a week? You'll probably gain 15 pounds on your bench, your bad cholesterol will probably increase, and you'll likely retain some water.
If you keep doing this for a month, your bench will likely increase by 50 pounds, your testes will cease releasing endogenous testosterone and atrophy significantly, and you may get acne on your shoulders and back. MAY. What happens if you stop taking testosterone? Everything stabilizes and goes back to normal – with (and without) PCT (post-cycle therapy).
After weeks of bingeing on whole bottles of Tylenol and Vitamin C, you can't say that. The acetaminophen, on the other hand, will almost certainly have permanently harmed or died your liver, while the vitamin C will have burned a hole in your stomach. However, steroids are banned, while Tylenol and vitamin C may be bought over the counter — even disguised as gummy bears!
EXACTLY WHAT THE LAW SAYS
Despite this reality, President George H. W. Bush signed the "Anabolic Steroids Control Act of 1990" into law 25 years ago, placing anabolic steroids to Schedule III of the DEA's list of banned chemicals. Scheduling a drug implies categorizing it based on its hazards, effectively making it a controlled substance that is prohibited. Schedule I drugs are the most deadly, while Schedule V drugs are the safest.
In 2004, the law was revised to include prohormones and other "steroid like" chemicals in the category, making anything that mimics testosterone, its derivatives, or its effects illegal.
Isn't it incredible? Steroids, a naturally occurring substance, are classified in the same legal category as amphetamines, methamphetamines, opiates, and morphine, despite the fact that, unlike the other drugs mentioned, they have no noticeable euphoric effects or impairment. This conundrum raises the question: Should steroids be legal? Twenty-five years later, this conundrum begs the question: Should steroids be legal? The answer is yes, and here’s why.
EVEN THE GOVERNMENT BREAKS THE LAW
Years ago, a future president named Joe Biden and a crony named Dan Lungren rammed their steroid control bill through Congress, bypassing practically every requirement for scheduling a drug. I've gone over this procedure before, but the primary reason steroids should be lawful is that they were illegally criminalized in the first place for reasons that make no sense.
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has a set of criteria that a chemical must meet in order to be scheduled and classified as harmful. Do you want to see the list? It's as follows:
1. Its potential for abuse, whether real or imagined.
2. If known, scientific evidence of its pharmacological impact.
3. The present state of scientific knowledge on the medicine.
4. Its abuse history or present pattern.
5. Abuse's extent, duration, and significance.
6. What, if any, threat to public health exists.
7. Its vulnerability to psychiatric or physiological dependence.
8. Whether the drug is a direct precursor to a substance that is already restricted under this chapter.
The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services must make a scheduling recommendation based on the substance's relative propensity for misuse, accepted medical use, and capability for creating physical and psychological dependence after examining these eight considerations. The Attorney General must next request from the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services a scientific and medical review of the substance and offer a recommendation as to whether the medication should be restricted and scheduled before advancing with this process.
However, experts from the American Medical Association, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and a number of other professionals, including professors, doctors, clinicians, and scientists, testified before Congress, all of whom advised against scheduling steroids.
It's worth noting that the CSA's legislative history is littered with hearings, discussions, and declarations that the DHHS' scientific and medical review is crucial to the scheduling process. The CSA's operational regulations reflect this background. Essentially:
In such scientific and medical matters, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services' recommendation to the Attorney General shall be binding on the Attorney General, and if the Secretary recommends that a drug or other substance not be controlled, the Attorney General shall not control the drug or other substance.
Did you understand what I said? Unless Joe Biden is driving the bulldozer, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services' word is final. After all was said and done, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services recommended to the Attorney General that steroids not be scheduled, based on testimony from members of the DEA and the American Medical Association, as well as the recommendations of the most knowledgeable experts.
But none of that was important. Anabolic steroids were reclassified as a Schedule III restricted substance by Congress. How? Because Kenneth Kashin, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale, was Biden and Lungren's shill in the game. He uttered the phrases that the politicians wanted him to utter.