Monday, October 11, 2004

Congress passes The Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2004

October 11, 2004

NEW YORK (Ticker) - One day after the death of admitted steroid user Ken Caminiti, The Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2004 has been passed by Congress.

Under the act, steroid precursors and substances such as androstenedione and 19-norandrosterone are added to the list of anabolic steroids classified as Schedule III controlled substances and subsequently banned by Major League Baseball. A steroid precursor produces testosterone when metabolized in the body.

"This important legislation will help us reach our goal of zero tolerance in the battle against steroids," MLB commissioner Bud Selig said. "With the passing of The Anabolic Steroid Control Act, steroid precursors will be deemed prohibited substances under Major League Baseball's joint drug program."

This legislation enables the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to regulate these types of products as anabolic steroids under the Controlled Substances Act.

"This will allow us to test for steroid precursors, just as we are currently testing for steroids, as part of our regular testing," Selig said.

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