Originally Posted by Spitball
The possession or sale of anabolic steroids without a valid prescription is illegal under the Federal Controlled Substance Act of 1991. Simple possession of illicitly obtained anabolic steroids carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a minimum $1,000 fine for a first time offense. For trafficking, it is five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for a first felony drug offense. If this is the second felony drug offense, the maximum period of imprisonment and the maximum fine both double.
If steroids were neither dangerous nor illegal, they would be okay in my opinion, but they are dangerous and illegal. However, players can and do use many legal and safe muscle building supplements as well as personal trainers to build muscle.
The Controlled Substances Act was enacted in 1970, not 1991, and it also includes Amphetamines, which are a Scheduled II drug and actually considered worse
than anabolic steroids.
The drug cheating world of baseball players isn't merely relegated to the past 15 or so years. In fact, it's not only possible, but actually probable that one (or more?) of the Big Red Machine violated the Controlled Substances Act (Pete Rose, step on down).