If you are going to buy steroids the safest way is to purchase them from a pharmacy. However that requires a prescription. Most people get their steroids from friends, relatives or someone from the gym. The person buying the steroids has no clue if they are real or fake. Many people today are using the internet to buy steroids and other medications. The biggest problem with the internet is there are scammers. They pretend to be legit suppliers and simply take the customers money. The customer can’t do anything about it because the whole process is illegal. If someone found a possible source on the internet, they should check all the scammer lists to see if the possible source is on any of them. They should ask for references (prior customers). If the person is convinced the source is legit a small order should be made to test the source. However, the person might wait for a bigger order to rip them off.
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There are two basic ways to take Anabolic steroids.
- Orally through the mouth
- Injected into the body with a needle.
The majority of users try to stay away from the pill form because they put more stress on the liver. Some steroids like winstrol have a short life and need to be taken several times a day. The liquid form can also be taken orally. Some athlete will drink the steroid rather than turning their body into a pin cushion. Injecting the steroid is the way most users go. They inject once or twice a week. The safest area of the body to inject are the glute, the shoulder and the thigh. The user should have done much research before injecting their body with the steroid. They need to know what type of needle, where to inject and how to withdraw the liquid.
In the 1970’s and 1980’s federal regulation of steroids came under the jurisdiction of the FDA. Anabolic steroids were required to be prescribed and dispensed by licensed physicians but were not scheduled as controlled substances. Under 1988 legislation criminal penalties were set for people in anabolic steroids for non-medical reasons. In the mid 1980’s because of media reports of increasing use of anabolic steroids in sports including high school sports, Congress became concerned. They held hearings to determine whether the Controlled Substances Act should be amended to include anabolic steroids along with more serious drugs such as cocaine and heroin. The majority of witnesses who testified including medical professional recommended against the proposed amendment to law.
Under the Control Act possession of any Schedule III substance is a federal offense punishable by up to one year in prison and or a minimum fine of $1,000. Simple possession by a person with a previous conviction fro certain offenses including drug or narcotic crimes, must get imprisonment of at least 15 days and up to 2 years and a minimum fine of $2,500. An individual who sells steroids or possess with intent to sell is punishable by up to five years in prison and or a $250,000 fine. Each violation goes up ion years in prison and fines.
Steroids are hard on the body even though it may help its looks. As discussed there are many negative side effects some more serious and long-lasting than others. Is the increased performance for athletes or the change in body size or appearance worth all the risks of the side effects and possibility of being arrested for fined since it is illegal?