New Bill enters the House to stop Pro Hormones and Designer steriods
Bill seeks to close loophole for anabolic steroids Alison Young, USA TODAY 6:21 p.m. EST February 11, 2014
The Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act, introduced Tuesday, seeks to close a loophole exploited by steroid sellers who spike bodybuilding supplements with chemically tweaked
Cracking down on muscle-building dietary supplements spiked with chemical-cousins of anabolic steroids would be easier under legislation introduced in Congress on Tuesday.
The Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act would make it easier to classify harmful products as controlled substances and increase criminal penalties for importing, manufacturing or distributing them under false labels. The bill seeks to close a loophole in existing law that steroid sellers exploit by slightly tweaking chemical compounds so that the resulting product is not among those on the Drug Enforcement Administration's list of controlled substances.
The bill targets bodybuilding products, often marketed as dietary supplements, that can be found in stores and on the Internet claiming to be all-natural muscle-builders when they actually contain chemically altered versions of anabolic steroids.
"This bill would help prevent the sale of falsely labeled steroids and punish those who seek to profit from them," said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., a co-sponsor of the bill with Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. Whitehouse added that "many American citizens may be unknowingly dosing themselves with these harmful substances."
If enacted, the bill would add 27 known anabolic steroids to the DEA's list of controlled substances ? helping to bring it up-to-date. It would also give the DEA the authority, as it identifies new designer steroids similar to those already on its list, to quickly add them temporarily, allowing action until the compound is permanently added to the list.
"The DEA needs to be able to act faster and have better enforcement tools to prosecute those that develop and falsely market anabolic steroids as safe products," Hatch said.
The legislation, similar to a bill introduced in 2012, was praised by officials in the dietary supplement industry and at organizations that enforce rules against performance-enhancing substances in sports.
"This goes directly toward stopping the manufacturing of these products," said Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which oversees testing of Olympians and other athletes. "We think it is the best solution that we've been able to come up with to stop the ease by which designer anabolic steroids are coming to market."
Five major dietary supplement industry associations, including the United Natural Products Alliance and the Council for Responsible Nutrition, announced their support for the bill Tuesday. Steve Mister, the council's president, said one of the most important tools in the legislation is it gives the DEA the ability to list a chemical compound as a controlled substance if it's chemically similar to one already on the list and if the manufacturer is marketing it for a steroid-like effect.
"We think that's important, because we see these ingredients pop up and the DEA can't keep up with them," Mister said.
Tygart notes that the bill doesn't address the growing problem of designer stimulants, including amphetamine-like and methamphetamine-like compounds, that have been detected over the past year in several mainstream sports supplements. USA TODAY has reported on tests finding the compounds in a popular pre-workout powder called Craze, as well as other products.
"That's obviously an area ripe for rogue manufacturers," Tygart said, adding that the issue is a bit more complex than addressing anabolic steroids. "We are continuing to work both with industry and the Hill on that front. It's equally alarming and concerning to us."
Good point PP......one part of it that appears to be unconstitutional is the DEA's ability to pick compounds that are illegal and have them added to the list...the DEA cannot make laws or add to them...they can only enforce them...maybe the ACLU will do its 1 good act out of 20...and stir some havoc..
This is a Bipartisan Bill introduced by Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah called Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act (DASCA) of 2014.
This will pass without a hiccup. But lets look at states like Washington and Colorado who legalized Pot?
This is all political B.S. trying to create a Nanny State.
Fuck these guys, they don't know shit about anything but getting re-elected.
(Below citation pulled from: http://www.chpa.org/Templates/PressRelease.aspx?id=2698)Washington, D.C. (February 11, 2014) ? In response to today?s introduction of (DASCA) the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the Natural Products Association (NPA) and the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) together issued the following statement:
The trade associations of the dietary supplement industry strongly support DASCA, a bill that protects consumers by empowering the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) with new tools to identify and quickly respond when new designer anabolic steroids?illegal drugs?are falsely marketed as dietary supplements. Among the improvements brought about by DASCA will be new guidelines for DEA to address products that are ?substantially similar? to anabolic steroids and that have been illegally marketed to promote muscle growth. In addition, DASCA will place new anabolic steroids on the DEA Controlled Substance List, and will change the criteria for placing additional anabolic steroids on the list going forward. This will make it easier for DEA to identify and catalog new chemicals. DASCA will also allow DEA to respond faster to stop those criminals who create new anabolic substances closely resembling listed ones, but tweaked just enough that they are not identical to their flagged counterparts. Misbranded products that contain designer anabolic steroids present serious health risks to consumers. Unapproved steroids illegally sold as dietary supplements are not only dangerous for consumers, but also unfairly damage the reputation of responsible dietary supplement companies that provide consumers with legitimate, high-quality and beneficial supplements for sports nutrition and performance. These illegal products put athletes at risk, pose safety problems and jeopardize the careers of athletes who could unknowingly test positive for these banned substances under their athletic associations? rules of conduct. Responsible dietary supplement industry stakeholders have consistently supported congressional and regulatory efforts to enact and enforce laws that help eliminate illegal products that masquerade as dietary supplements, and to prosecute the criminals who manufacture and sell them. The industry lobbied Congress to pass the Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2004, and our trade associations are proud to work with Sens. Whitehouse and Hatch on this critical issue. We are committed to coming together to advance this important legislation and to see that it is enacted.
(citation pulled from: http://www.chpa.org/Templates/PressRelease.aspx?id=2698)
s2h - Its not the DEA who picks and chooses, it is The Attorney General who would make the ban on compounds being temporary or permanent. Your right it the DEA who would just enforce the law.
The Administrator of the Drug Enforcement (DEA) Administration shall report to Congress every 2 years on what anabolic steroids have been scheduled on a temporary basis under the provisions of this Act; and
the findings and conclusions that led to such scheduling.
It has not passed the previous two years, so no it will not pass this year either.
yeah, I am hoping that is the case.
I do get tried of these bureaucrats channeling their energy to stop freedom of the public while they ALL fill their POCKETS WITH WADS of CASH from every direction. And that is both sides of the political landscape.