After being passed by Congress last week, the Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act (DASCA) was signed into law by President Obama on Thursday, December 18 th – resulting in major legal changes surrounding the criminal possession and distribution of steroids. DASCA not only criminalizes 25 new anabolic steroids literally overnight (the law is effective immediately), but also targets the derivatives and slight variations on compounds on the new list of substances (if they are made or marketed/intended to be marketed to build muscle) – and changes the way steroid cases will be prosecuted moving forward. DASCA brings increased criminal and civil penalties, as well as massive fines – and is expected to have a major impact surrounding all aspects of steroids and the law.
The Act amends the Controlled Substances Act to add more than 25 new substances to current lists of defined anabolic steroids, and revises the process whereby new substances can be added in future. It also calls for DEA to address products that are “substantially similar” to anabolic steroids and that have been illegally marketed to promote muscle growth. DASCA’s provisions include new DEA authority to place new anabolic steroids on the DEA Controlled Substance List and new criteria for placing additional anabolic steroids on the list going forward that will better enable DEA to identify and catalog new chemicals. DASCA will allow DEA to quickly crack down on criminals creating new anabolic substances that closely resemble red-flagged counterparts listed, but altered minimally with the intent of evading enforcement.
If signed by President Obama, the new law will come into effect immediately and thus no “grace period” will be in effect with the bill. Consumers who have recently bought these products and have them in their possession can be arrested and prosecuted as federal drug offenders, so stockpiling is a little bit out of the question because if you are found with any of the listed items you will not be able to get a get out of jail free card and you will suffer the federal consequences. Also, supplement distributors and companies with remaining stock to sell will be subject to trafficking charges.