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DEA Announces Operation “Cyber Chase”

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator Karen P. Tandy today announced the results of Operation “Cyber Chase”, a year-long Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation that targeted international Internet pharmaceutical traffickers operating in the United States, India, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. These e-traffickers distributed drugs world-wide using “rogue” Internet pharmacies. Over the past…

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If Steroids are Cheating, why isn’t LASIK

A provocative essay by William Saletan appears at Slate.com, raising the question of why improved performance through hormones is considered cheating while improved performance through ocular surgery is not. The author suggests that LASIK surgery may be enhancing, rather than merely corrective, in athletes. He further suugests an irony in the fact that Rep. Tom…

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Possession With Intent

Q: How many steroid tablets are enough to prove an intent to sell? A:In most state courts, drug traffickers are understandably viewed as deserving of much harsher punishment than personal users. Possession of what’s considered a “large” quantity has traditionally been a basis to infer that the possessor was a seller rather than a user….

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Muscle Mutants and Sports Nutrition Supplements

A satirical piece comparing hardcore bodybuilders to the “X-Men” mutants, and examining the effect on the sports and fitness nutrition market. Mutants. In the movie sequel, “X2: X-Men United” (2003), they have extraordinary powers, such as reading minds, controlling the weather, walking through walls, or shooting ray beams out of their eyes. In response to…

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States of Confusion

Q: I’m in Connecticut. Are my state’s steroid laws different from the federal laws? A: Since most steroid busts are prosecuted under state laws, not federal laws, the first thing any potential juicer should want to know is exactly what gear-related conduct is criminal in his state and what penalties apply. Read on! Each state…

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Chemicals for “Research Purposes Only”

The proliferation of chemical products being sold online “for research purposes only” has generated countless inquiries about what’s legal and what’s not.  An Interview with Rick Collins by Citruscide* The proliferation of chemical products being sold online “for research purposes only” has generated countless inquiries about what’s legal and what’s not. Nobody wants to get…

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Beyond the End of Prohormones

Q: Do you expect to see consumers arrested by the cops for getting caught with a stash of prohormones that they stocked up on? A: Unlikely in the near future. While anyone who possesses the newly controlled products will be a drug criminal, for now the products are controlled only at the federal level (with…

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Teens and Testosterone

Q: What are your thoughts on the epidemic of teen steroid use? A: According to the latest 2008 University of Michigan Monitoring the Future studies of 8th, 10th and 12th graders, the percentage of 8th graders who reported using steroids at least once in their lives went from a high of 3.0% in 2000 down…

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New Federal Steroid Law Takes Effect

The Federal Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2004 is now in effect. It redefines many steroid precursors (“prohormones” and “pro-steroids”) to be illegal anabolic steroids and authorizes individuals who possess these products to be arrested and dragged into court for prosecution. The new law shoves many products formerly sold as dietary supplements into the same…