While people using steroids for medical reasons don’t generally have to worry about the legalities of steroid use, bodybuilders do.
Use of steroids in that country (North or South Island), are just as prevalent as other countries around the world.
However, it always pays to be aware of laws regarding steroids and transportation of steroids before traveling into or out of New Zealand.
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While you can, technically, use steroids in New Zealand (for personal use), a person has to be extremely careful in how those steroids are procured.
Most countries around the world have laws in place regarding the use of drugs and alcohol. New Zealand is no different.
The New Zealand Government instituted the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 (updated in November 2015), classifies drugs based on potential level of harm to individuals using such drugs.
This is not so much different than the laws found in Canada, the United States, the UK, and many Western European countries.
In New Zealand, a Class A drug is determined to have a very high risk in regard to harm, while Class B drugs are considered high risk, and Class C drugs denote moderate risk.
In many countries, including New Zealand, anabolic steroids are considered Class C drugs.
Be aware that the schedule for drugs (which include precursor substances) should also be considered as a variety of steroid alternatives manufactured today and can also be found on the list of banned substances.
In 2012, an inter-agency operation shut down a ‘mill’ that was producing performance and image-enhancing drugs (PIEDs) as well as prescription medications.
Anabolic steroids were confiscated, and individuals were arrested for producing and selling Class C controlled drugs such as NZ Clenbuterol, Trenbolone NZ and Dianabol NZ.
According to the New Zealand Drug Foundation, it is illegal to import anabolic steroids for personal use in New Zealand, as specified under the Medicines Act.
If you’re caught importing steroids into the country, the legal ramifications include fines up to $500 and three months in jail.
While in New Zealand, it is not, in a strict sense, illegal to use or possess performance and image-enhancing drugs, it is illegal to supply or sell them.
While you still may be penalized for personal use, depending on situation, penalties in regard to the supply or sale of PIEDs are quite a bit higher.
Is Dianabol legal in New Zealand? What about the other steroids? No they’re not.
Legal ramifications of dealing, selling, producing, importing, exporting or otherwise trafficking steroids in New Zealand are no laughing matter.
Maximum penalties for infractions to the Misuse of Drugs Act under Class C depends on the drug offense.
For example, possessing a Class C scheduled substance can include up to three months imprisonment and/or a $500 fine.
Supplying or manufacturing a Class C drug can result in up to eight years in jail or, depending on severity, one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
New Zealand’s anti-doping goals have sought to encourage dope-free sports participation domestically and abroad.
One organization (Drug Free Sport New Zealand) is a regulated government association that encourages oversight as well as auditing that has been inserted into anti-doping programs.
Drug-Free Sport New Zealand focuses on education recording steroid use as well as provides information much like the World Anti-Doping Agency, regarding drugs, therapeutic use exemptions, and supplement checks, including steroid alternative ingredients.
It always pays for athletes to be aware of any updates and changes to the World Anti-Doping Code.
For example, in 2015, roughly 10 changes in WADA’s code updated anti-doping rule violations.
They included complicity and tougher sanctions and bans on those engaged in doping intentionally, those who refuse to provide samples, the degree of fault, as well as the type of offense (first, second, third, etc.).
For a specific list of banned substances for sports organizations around the world, consult WADA’s website.
Since steroids are illegal without a prescription, bodybuilders have to turn to the black market to buy steroids.
Because of the potential severity of side effects, potential for misuse and abuse, and the increasing potential for dependence on anabolic steroids, growing numbers of athletes as well as non-athletes are seeking steroid alternatives.
Alternative steroids in New Zealand include those that are provided over-the-counter and are designed to mimic some of the effects of prescription strength steroids.
They contain natural or herbal ingredients focused on promoting the health and wellness of hormone glands that produce hormones like testosterone, growth hormone, and growth factors.
Reviews show they can be purchased from Crazybulk, buy-steroids.co.nz or Sports Nutrition Club NZ.
Regardless of the type of steroid, and even over-the-counter steroids in New Zealand, be aware that athletes themselves must take responsibility in regularly reviewing updates in regard to banned substances for any sport, domestically in New Zealand, as well as around the world.