The main change though is one that will effect the bulk of UK steroid users. From April 23rd it'll be against the law to import steroids into the UK, this includes buying them from websites or other mail order services even when it's only for personal use. You will be able to travel to other countries yourself and bring your own anabolic steroids into the UK, but only for personal use.
At last week's Welsh National Drugs Conference I spoke to Martin Chandler from John Moores University about the implications of this change. Who said:This will cause a rise in home produced products by illicitly sourced raw testosterone powders, so we'll see a rise in underground products produced in the UK, this is likely to decrease the quality and increase the risk. and this year in particular there is a crackdown on raw materials as the government have to be seen to be preventing the importation and production of anabolic steroids prior to the Olympics.
Underground labs are nothing new in the world of steroid production of course, in fact in some cases users actually prefer products these labs make, to the point that a number of labs have their own product branding (there are even underground labs that make counterfeit steroids of other underground labs). But one thing that has to be remembered is that the hygiene and products used in these labs don't go through the same levels of quality control as pharmaceutical products do, and while some labs do test their own products this is normally only to see how strong they are, not if they have contamination. In this situation we'll have the added factor of these labs having to be rapidly set up to deal with the huge demand for these drugs in the UK; corners will undoubtedly be cut.
What this means for workers
Part of the conversations with steroid users have always been about their knowledge of the law and the sources of their steroids. Previously these have been two separate topics, but with importation being illegal this now means that for at least the next few months this becomes one discussion.