Are Steroids Illegal for Personal Use?

Are Steroids Legal in the US?

Believe it or not, the steroids you hear about in TV shows, movies, and gyms are not as great as you think. Anabolic steroids are mainly used by bodybuilders, athletes, and fitness buffs who think the drugs will improve their performance and enhance their competitiveness, but these steroids are illegal if they’re not obtained through a valid prescription. While rumor has it that they increase lean body mass and strength, enhance endurance, and reduce recovery time between workouts, the bottom line is that anabolic steroids are illegal without a valid prescription.

How Long Can You Go to Jail for Steroids?

Anabolic steroids are classified as Schedule III controlled substances, therefore, the possession or sale of anabolic steroids without a valid prescription can carry state and federal consequences. Simple possession of illegal anabolic steroids is punishable by up to 1 year in federal prison and/or a $1,000 fine for a first offense. Trafficking these steroids is punishable by up to 5 years in federal prison and a maximum $250,000 fine for a first-time offense.

Second offenses result in doubled prison time and fines.

Colorado, a state well-known for decriminalizing drug possession, imposes less serious penalties for steroid possession, but the consequences are harsh, nonetheless. Possessing a Schedule III drug, which includes anabolic steroids, is a level 1 misdemeanor punishable by 6 to 18 months in jail and $500 to $5,000 fines.

If you are considering using steroids to enhance your athletic performance or physical appearance, you can see from the legal penalties above that it’s simply not worth it.

Side Effects of Steroids

With these consequences in mind, you may be curious as to what makes steroids so bad for you. After all, they seem to be widely popular among young people especially, so it’s easy to question the downsides of anabolic steroids. That being said, we list some common physical and psychological side effects of steroid use and how they affect males and females differently.

Possible physical side effects include the following:

  • High blood cholesterol levels - high blood cholesterol levels may lead to cardiovascular problems
  • Severe acne
  • Thinning of hair and baldness
  • Fluid retention
  • High blood pressure
  • Liver disorders (liver damage and jaundice)
  • Steroids can affect fetal development during pregnancy
  • Risk of contracting HIV and other blood-borne diseases from sharing infected needles
  • Sexual & reproductive disorders

Possible psychological disturbances include the following:

  • Mood swings (including manic-like symptoms leading to violence)
  • Impaired judgment (stemming from feelings of invincibility)
  • Depression
  • Nervousness
  • Extreme irritability
  • Delusions
  • Hostility and aggression


  • Atrophy (wasting away of tissues or organs) of the testicles
  • Loss of sexual drive
  • Diminished or decreased sperm production
  • Breast and prostate enlargement
  • Decreased hormone levels
  • Sterility


  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Infertility
  • Masculinizing effects such as facial hair,
    diminished breast size, permanently deepened voice,
    and enlargement of the clitoris.

8 Common Myths About Steroids

As popular as they may seem, steroids are not what you may think they are. With the increased sensationalizing of steroids by professional athletes and bodybuilders, people falsely believe that steroids are safe and effective for those who want a better body and better workout. However, our attorney debunks 8 common myths below to give you a better idea of the facts about steroids.

Steroids are safe.

Anabolic steroids can be dangerous in young people especially, as you can see from the side effects listed above.

Taking steroids will kill you.

Like all drugs, including ones like Tylenol and Aspirin, misuse and abuse can result in death or serious long-term effects. Taking any drug in large quantities, short periods of time, and without a prescription is dangerous, and steroids are no exception.

Steroids won’t affect your growth.

Young people who abuse anabolic steroids can stunt their growth by never reaching their body’s intended natural height.

Only a certain type of person uses steroids.

Although bodybuilders and “gym rats” frequently misuse anabolic steroids, anybody can get involved in this harmful and illegal practice.

Steroids are not addictive.

A certain amount of steroid users develop disorders and continue spending lots of time and money obtaining the drugs despite the negative side effects. Users may be unsuccessful when trying to stop because they may have depression, anxiety about losing muscle mass, and other side effects of withdrawal.

Steroids aren’t as illegal as other drugs.

Not true. Steroids are classified as Schedule III controlled substances, which are defined as medically accepted drugs that have a low or moderate likelihood of physical dependence and a high rate of psychological dependence. To put it in perspective, other Schedule III substances include ketamine, Vicodin, Tylenol combined with codeine, and Suboxone.

Roid rage isn’t real.

Although there is little research to support the notion that roid rage isn’t real, the bottom line is it can produce unpleasant side effects such as aggressive tendencies and extreme irritability, which is essentially what roid rage is defined as.

Steroids are easy to get.

Unless they’re prescribed, anabolic steroids are not easy to obtain. One must go through the black market or find a valid prescription holder to obtain the drugs.

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