Not shortly after Roger Maris record was broken, another baseball player, Jason Giambi and various other athletes were either suspected of, or proven to have, taken anabolic steroids. Again, Congress convened a hearing, and just as they did the first time in 1990, they did not determine that steroids were a danger, but rather that the danger was more in protecting professional sports organizations. The updated statute has been updated to proscribe pro-hormones also The definition of an anabolic steroid as defined currently in the United States under (41)(A) is that "anabolic steroid" means any drug or hormonal substance, chemically and pharmacologically related to testosterone (other than estrogens , progestins, corticosteroids, and dehydroepiandrosterone (7).
Steroids can worsen existing skin pathologies. Athletes being treated for acne often stop responding to normal treatment regimens if they also continue to use the drugs. Some cases of comparatively benign acne can progress to the disfiguring inflammatory types. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease in which, for unknown reasons, immune cells attack skin cells, resulting in red, scaly patches. One bodybuilder had controlled his psoriasis condition through the use of a topical cream, but when he began using steroids, his condition considerably deteriorated. Eventually his psoriasis became resistant to treatment. But when he stopped using steroids, the psoriasis stabilized and again responded to simple skin-cream treatment. 6
Prior to 1988, anabolic steroids were prescription drugs in the United States, much like drugs for asthma or even antibiotics. There was no distinction between them. The FDA makes this decision in the US, determining which drugs are safe to sell over the counter and which are not. Thanks to the negative connotation associated with steroids after the string of sports bans, along with the Reagan administration’s Anti-Drug Abuse Act, anabolic steroids found themselves on the Controlled Substances List in 1990 – a bleak moment in the history of steroids. This meant that possession of steroids came with legal consequences, and some of those were felonies, fines, and jail time.