Acne is often present. Acne conglobata is a particularly severe form of acne that can develop during steroid abuse or even after the drug has been discontinued. Infections are a common side effect of steroid abuse because of needle sharing and unsanitary techniques used when injecting the drugs into the skin. These are similar risks to IV drug abusers with increased potential to acquire blood-borne infections such as hepatitis and HIV/AIDS . Skin abscesses may occur at injection sites and may spread to other organs of the body. Endocarditis or an infection of the heart valves is not uncommon.
If and when the bill passes, not only those compounds listed specifically (and esters and ethers thereof), but any “drug or hormonal substance (other than estrogens, progestins, corticosteroids, and dehydroepiandrosterone)” that “is derived from, or has a chemical structure substantially similar to, 1 or more anabolic steroids” in the list above “shall be considered to be an anabolic steroid for purposes of this Act” if it is intended to promote muscle growth, or marketed in that way. In previous steroid control acts it was specified that the drug needed to be “chemically and pharmacologically related to testosterone” in order to qualify – which put the onus on the DEA to undertake expensive and time-consuming research to demonstrate that the products they were looking to schedule were actually anabolic. DASCA, on the other hand, is satisfied that a compound is an anabolic steroid if it’s steroidal in structure and marketed as anabolic.
"Anabolic steroids" is the
familiar name for synthetic substances related to the male sex hormones
(androgens). They promote the growth of skeletal muscle (anabolic effects)
and the development of male sexual characteristics (androgenic effects), and
also have some other effects. The proper name for anabolic steroids is
Anabolic steroids were developed in the late 1930s primarily to treat hypogonadism, a condition in which the testes do not produce sufficient testosterone for normal growth, development, and sexual functioning. The primary medical uses of these compounds are to treat delayed puberty, some types of impotence, and wasting of the body caused by HIV infection or other diseases.
During the 1930s, scientists discovered that anabolic steroids could facilitate the growth of skeletal muscle in laboratory animals, which led to use of the compounds first by bodybuilders and weightlifters and then by athletes in other sports.
More than 100 different anabolic steroids have been developed, but they require a prescription to be used legally in the United States. Most steroids that are used illegally are smuggled in from other countries, illegally diverted from . pharmacies, or synthesized in clandestine laboratories. View Act and list of banned substances.
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