Tapper saidAnabolic steroids ARE illegal if not prescribed by a physician. I think it's about time law enforcement target the largest group of known users and dealers.
AMT87, this is well within DEA's regulatory authority. Do you expect the DEA and only the DEA to enforce these laws?
"Federal law placed anabolic steroids in Schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) as of February 27, 1991."
Here's where I disagree with you, Tapper. Not that I condone the use of steroids, but aren't there other more pressing issues that are out of hand for the police to worry about? I mean, it seems that they're going after the bodybuilders because it's practically in your face that they are doing steroids, but my fear is that if this starts happening, who's to say they're not going to start going after other people because they "think" they've broken a law. I'm sure Oklahoma has issues, just like any other State, with bigger issues other than a handful of men getting smaller balls. Like, I don't know..... lets start with illegal immigrants, domestic violence, cocaine/meth/heroin use.
Back in my college days, a good friend was injecting anabolic steroids. I knew nothing about them at the time, so I didn't speak up. He became unapproachable, downright nasty, and his grades started dropping. Several month's later, we received a call; he was in the slammer for beating his girlfriend within inches of her life. Roid rage? After getting out, he stopped using and quickly became the old, reliable friend we all knew and loved.
My brother was the starting center for his college football team. He had been a user since his senior year in high school. After college, he started experiencing all types of medical issues, including joint degeneration in his shoulders (the medical term escapes me right now), extremely high cholesterol levels, constant heart palpitations that led to his coronary heart disease diagnosis; and here's the deal sealer: last month, I received a call from my bro. He's been diagnosed with terminal renal cell carcinoma. If he's lucky, he'll live to see his oldest son become a freshman in high school.
The oncologists aren't tying his long-term steroid use to the cancer, but they're not denying it, either. Regardless, there's no doubt that it played a role, just as it did with his heart disease and joint degeneration.
So, yeah, I do think there's a real reason to stop the illegal use and distribution of a series of drugs that we know very little about, but have been tied to a myriad physical and emotional maladies - some with deadly consequences.
I can assure you that Oklahoma law enforcement isn't targeting random bodybuilders. This is likely a sting. I'm sure they've been following these guys/gals for a very long time. Chances are, they're not only users, but dealers as well. I'd bet a month's salary on it.