Illegal steroid drugs are classified as Schedule 1 dangerous drugs, which means they’re treated the same as other Schedule 1 drugs such as heroin, methyl-amphetamine (speed and ice), MDMA and cocaine.
Penalties often include terms of imprisonment and actual custody and they tend to be higher if there’s an allegation of commercial use of the drugs.
There are some unique challenges with steroid defences.
Unlike drugs such as methyl-amphetamine or cannabis, it’s very difficult to obtain objective medical evidence that a person has ceased using steroids.
Such evidence may be very important on a guilty plea.
In addition, steroid drugs are not ‘addictive’ in the traditional medical sense, although there’s increasing scientific recognition of ‘steroid use disorder’.
For these reasons, obtaining early and specialist legal advice may make a significant difference to your legal outcome.
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