In the U.S., although steroids have a recognized purpose in the medical
field, it is illegal for a person to possess the substance without having
a prescription from a doctor.
What Are Steroids Used For?
Anabolic steroids are a synthetic version of the male sex hormone, testosterone.
Medical professionals will prescribe the substance to various individuals
to treat health conditions such as delayed puberty or muscle loss.
What Are the Penalties for Possessing Steroids?
Under California law, steroids are classified as a Schedule III drug. According
to the Controlled Substances Act, this classification includes drugs that
have an accepted medical use and a low potential for physical and psychological
dependence. Compared to Schedule I and Schedule II drugs, the potential
for abuse of anabolic steroids is low.
Under Health and Safety Code 11377 HS, it is illegal for a person to possess
anabolic steroids without having a prescription from a licensed physician,
dentist, podiatrist, or veterinarian. If a person violates this law, they
could be charged with a misdemeanor and face up to 6 months in county
jail and up to $1,000 in fines. However, charges could be dismissed if
the individual completes an authorized drug diversion program.
It is not an offense under this law for a person to have steroids in their
possession if the prescription holder gave consent for the individual
to take control of the substance
and the reason for having it was to give it to the prescription holder or
lawfully discard it.
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