The legal status of anabolic steroids varies from country to country. In the ., anabolic steroids are listed as Schedule III controlled substances under the Controlled Substances Act , which makes the possession of such substances without a prescription a federal crime punishable by up to seven years in prison.  In Canada, anabolic steroids and their derivatives are part of the Controlled drugs and substances act and are Schedule IV substances, meaning that it is illegal to obtain or sell them without a prescription. However, possession is not punishable, a consequence reserved for schedule I, II or III substances. Those guilty of buying or selling anabolic steroids in Canada can be imprisoned for up to 18 months. Importing or exporting anabolic steroids also carry similar penalties.  Anabolic steroids are also illegal without prescription in Australia,  Argentina, Brazil, and Portugal,  and are listed as Schedule 4 Controlled Drugs in the United Kingdom.
The bottom line is simple; to receive legal anabolic steroids you need a prescription and while performance enhancement is not considered a justifiable reason that doesn’t mean you are prohibited from enjoying any performance boost your legal prescription may bring you. Further, and there is no way to deny it, as the law reads regarding anabolic hormones in the . it is one of the more confusing and perplexing of all time and one of the few laws that while it has no leg to stand on still somehow remains firm. Have you ever read any of the little funny laws that may still exist in your town or state; often these are laws written many years ago yet remain on the books, such as it being illegal to herd sheep through the downtown square or illegal to wear a purple hat on Thursdays if you got a haircut on Tuesday. In many ways the current anabolic steroid laws hold less ground than some of these very ridiculous sounding laws yet the truth remains it is the law and until a change comes the only way legal anabolic steroids can be obtained is through a prescription issued for a viable medical purpose.