Legality of anabolic steroids

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The legality of anabolic steroids varies from country to country. Some with more restrictive laws than others.

A map showing current knowledge of steroid law.

By country[edit]

United States[edit]

In the United States, all Anabolic Steroids are illegal without the use of prescription. This was determined by the Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 1990 which added Anabolic Steroids to the Schedule III drug list.[1]


In Canada, steroids are legal but are Schedule IV drugs, which means there are some exceptions and punishments are less severe.


In Mexico, there is no specification in the law for steroid use, thus making them illegal. This has also made Mexico a drug trafficking hotspot.[2]


Anabolic steroids are illegal in Iraq since the U.S. invasion.[3]