Robert Tan, ., founder and director of the Houston-based OPAL Medical Clinic, which focuses on men’s health, has one explanation: “Public policy and public opinion have been based on people who use steroids in larger amounts,” he says. Tan, whose practice has been incorporating hormone replacement therapy for 15 years, says that in Texas, “every prescription is tracked by the DEA, so a lot of physicians are not comfortable. If I write a lot of steroids prescriptions, very soon they’ll be knocking down my door and looking at my records.”
The use of anabolic steroids is banned by all major sporting bodies, including the International Olympic Committee , Major League Baseball , the National Football League , the National Basketball Association , the National Hockey League , WWE , ICC , ITF , FIFA , FINA , UEFA , the European Athletic Association , and the Brazilian Football Confederation . Anabolic steroids are controlled substances in many countries, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Netherlands (NL), the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (.), while in other countries, such as Mexico and Thailand, they are readily available over-the-counter .