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Anabolic Steroids: Misuse

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to tackle the (a) use and (b) sale on the internet of anabolic steroids. (127276)

The Government recognise the harms associated with the misuse of anabolic steroids and have controlled their availability under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. This is only one part of the effort to reduce misuse. Education and prevention are key measures. The FRANK campaign makes it clear that the misuse of steroids is dangerous and can lead to some potentially fatal medical problems. The harmful short and long-term effects of anabolic steroid use are also described in the most recent version of the Department of Health publication “Dangerousness of drugs” (2003). Needles and syringe exchange services are also available to provide harm reduction paraphernalia to those who are at risk of blood borne virus infection (HIV, hepatitis B and C) by sharing injecting equipment.

The Government and the law enforcement agencies take very seriously the use of the internet for the advertising, and in some cases the sale, of controlled drugs. Where a website is hosted by a UK Internet Service Provider (ISP) and contains material which is illegal, the agencies can issue the ISP concerned with a notice and take down order to remove the offending material. UK ISPs have a very good record of removing such sites following notification.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps police forces are taking to tackle the availability of anabolic steroids. (127400)

It is an offence under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 Act to produce, supply or possess/import/export with intent to supply without a licence. Police forces have operational discretion when enforcing the law.