Steroid warning from drug council

Legislation and improved education are needed to cut anabolic steroid use among young people, the government's drugs advice group says.

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) called for new laws to prevent imports of anabolic steroids not meant for medical use.

Greater emphasis should also be placed on education about the risks of anabolic steroids and on interventions to limit their use, the committee said. 'There is a need for widespread, credible information and advice for users to counteract misinformation provided by various websites,' a report by the ACMD says.

The ACMD issued its advice in a report entitled Consideration of Anabolic Steroids. It concluded that anabolic steroids should continue to be controlled as Class C drugs under the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act.

Around 50,000 people in England and Wales are estimated to have used anabolic steroids in the past year.

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