No matter where you live, chances are there are bodybuilders or athletes looking for a competitive advantage over an opponent.
Anabolic steroids capture the interest of amateur and professional fitness enthusiasts around the globe.
Some countries, such as Thailand and Mexico, provide anabolic steroids without a prescription, while most countries consider steroids to be illegal, such as Australia, Brazil and the United States just to name a few.
Steroids laws are rather strict around the globe, but some countries make it a bit easier to access them without the need for a doctor’s prescription.
This appeals to steroid users who choose to go to the internet – or travel abroad – to obtain these substances without legal ramifications.
Though we will highlight the laws regarding steroids in Ireland, let’s go over the laws in the United States to compare and contrast.
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Ireland is one country that has seen a dramatic increase in steroid use – especially in men between the ages of 18 and 35.
Though steroids in Ireland are illegal, that has not stopped users from finding them online.
Extreme steroid users even stack anabolic steroids, including trenbolone and boldenone, both of which started out as veterinary hormones.
There are also differences in laws between Northern Ireland (which follows UK steroids laws) and the Republic – so that is something to be aware of when attempting to use or purchase steroids.
The type of drug and the amount you have in your possession impacts the type of punishment the court sentences – for example, if there is a large quantity in your possession, there might be cause for the courts to assume you had an intent to sell.
Simply having the drugs in your possession could result in a jail sentence up to seven years in addition to a fine.
Steroids in Ireland are also classified as a Class C drug in Northern Ireland. This class contains most anabolic steroids, as well as tranquilizers and cannabis.
Specifically in Northern Ireland, being caught with a Class C drug for personal use means up to two years of prison and a fine, while a larger amount could result in up to five years of prison and a hefty fine.
It’s also important to note that if you are caught with a large quantity of anabolic steroids, the court could charge you with intent to sell even if you have sold the steroid or not.
In order to have access to steroids of any kind, you must obtain a prescription through a doctor’s approval.
When it comes to anabolic steroids, which are synthetically designed to mimic testosterone in the body, the United States is very strict in how it deals with people who use, sell or even have anabolic steroids in their possession.
The Food and Drug Administration considers anabolic steroids as a Schedule III controlled substance, meaning these steroids are equal to other extreme drugs such as morphine or hydrocodone when they come in a particular concentration level.
Even with a doctor’s prescription, only select anabolic steroids are legal and must be used for very specific reasons and injected in a professional environment.
These steroids are usually administered to treat testosterone deficiency, breast cancer, and to encourage the onset of puberty in the case of stunted growth.
When traveling abroad, you will want to check which countries allow for anabolic steroids with or without a prescription.
Of course, if you are traveling to the United States or home to another international country that does not allow anabolic steroids, you assume risk for jail time or hefty fines just for having the steroids in your possession.
As of January 2016 , here is a quick look at select countries and their current status regarding anabolic steroids:
Be aware that just because personal use of steroids is considered legal doesn’t mean it’s legal to import/export steroids through that country’s postal system or other mail delivery services!
For those who risk purchasing anabolic steroids online, there are a number of considerations to make.
First, purchasing steroids from an unknown source on the internet does open an individual up to purchasing an inferior substance, which could be risky to a person’s health outside of the typical steroid side effects.
Being caught with steroids in Ireland is also risky – there is a potential for jail time and a fine, whether you have a small amount of the steroid or a larger quantity.
If you are interested in using steroids, the safest and most legal option is to speak with your doctor or use more natural sources of testosterone to achieve physical results without resorting to anabolic steroids.