If you live in the United States, the laws regarding anabolic androgenic steroids, although confusing in-terms of reasoning are very simple as it pertains to what the law is itself. In the U.S. anabolic androgenic steroids are classified as Schedule III controlled substances by way of the Steroid Control Acts of 1990 and 2004. By this legislation, it is against the law to manufacture, sell, purchase or possess anabolic steroids unless there is a legitimate medical purpose; performance enhancement is not considered such a purpose. There are many countries that carry similar laws regarding anabolic steroids, although the U.S. is one of the strictest. In some countries it is legal to possess anabolic steroids, but it's illegal to sell them; put simply, you can legally obtain them through a licensed pharmacy just as you would in the U.S. as if you were buying Tylenol for whatever purpose you desire, but you may not buy them legally from an individual. Of course in many countries, there is absolutely no law regarding anabolic steroids of any worthy note. As the laws regarding anabolic steroids can be very strict depending on where you live, and even if the law regarding them is a little more lenient the cost of anabolic steroids bought in a legal fashion can often be very expensive. For this reason, black market steroids reign supreme as their cost is far more affordable, their availability is massive, and they are very, very easy to obtain. Black market steroids are by far the most commonly used anabolic steroids of all, and while there are things you need to know, as the market is so large business is good.
"Black Market Steroids" simply means anabolic steroids that were purchased outside the realm of the law; regardless of what the law may be in a particular country any steroid purchases made outside of it are black market steroids. Many black market steroids are the same as the ones legally obtained at the pharmacy. If you supplement with Testosterone-Cypionate and you buy it in a pharmacy or if you buy it on the street, it's the same hormone, the same steroid and the same compound and in many cases the same brand; the only noteworthy difference is the price. That's correct, many black market steroids carry the same brand names as pharmacy derived anabolic steroids, why, because they are the same; they were manufactured by the same people at the same pharmaceutical compounding facility; they are simply the same product. Officially the anabolic steroids that derive from this avenue are known as Human Grade (HG) steroids. Of course, when it comes to black market steroids we have other brands that are not available at the pharmacy and these brands are known as Underground (UG) produced by Underground Labs (UGL). UGL's and various UG lines carry the same anabolic steroids found in HG form only under their own brand name. Further, most UGL's carry anabolic steroids that cannot be found in HG form; generally these will be Vet Grade steroids like Equipoise or Trenbolone-Acetate (Fina) and many anabolic steroids that although once available in HG form have been discontinued in this fashion. It is without question the UG market that has dominated not only black market steroid sales for years, but largely caused the market itself to grow in such rapid fashion. UG steroids are in most all cases much cheaper than HG steroids and are available in a much larger supply. However, UGL's are not without problems as we will soon see.
A few paragraphs back we referred to buying anabolic steroids on the street, but if you've been part of the performance game for any length of time you understand this is rather a generic saying; no one is actually purchasing anabolic steroids on the street. You won't find anabolic steroid dealers hanging out on street corners; you want find them setting up shop in a back alley or in the back of some nasty auto shop type atmosphere. For those who fight the war against anabolic steroids this is hard for them to understand, as such it is one of the largest reasons this war is being lost and will continue to be but that is another discussion saved best for another day. If you're looking to buy black market steroids, you'll more than likely be able to find some floating around in your gym. In years past anabolic steroids were often traded openly like candy on the gym floor for all to see and the gym dealer himself was king. Those days are long gone; while you may still find a few guys pushing anabolic steroids at your local gym most steroid sales done at the gym are among friends; a highly dangerous practice from a legal standpoint. In today's age of performance enhancement, if you're looking for black market steroids a quick visit online is as far as you need to go. The internet boom is largely responsible for the boom in the anabolic steroid market as it has brought shopping right to your home. By this method, steroid suppliers are enabled to provide an array of products at a much better rate than their predecessors and as said, business is good, very good. With a few clicks of your mouse, you can have all the anabolic steroids you desire shipped discretely right to your front door. Absolutely, this is in many countries such as the U.S. against the law and it does carry a strong element of risk, but it is a risk millions upon millions take and as such the market continues to thrive.
When you purchase black market steroids you are faced with a problem outside the legal factor and one that can be very serious in nature; counterfeit or contaminated anabolic steroids. The reason for the problem is simple; black market steroids are sold on the black market where there is no quality control. As both HG and UG steroids can be found on the black market, both forms are often counterfeited but UG forms are counterfeited far more often. Further, as it pertains to UG steroids many of these are manufactured by sleazy individuals who only care about selling a product and care very little about customer service or satisfaction. This is a problem and due to this problem if you decide to purchase black market steroids you need to be very careful regarding whom you trust. This does not mean there are not quality suppliers, there are many quality suppliers who exist but to find one you'll need to do a little digging and you're going to need to do a little homework. The market is absolutely flooded with suppliers and just because someone is offering to sell you anabolic steroids does not mean you should make a purchase. Those who purchase black market steroids haphazardly may find they are very disappointed, as there is a good chance the product they receive will be worth little more than the box it came in. As there are thousands of anabolic steroid suppliers, as stated there are good ones and there are bad ones yet the market itself continues to grow and thrive. The principle reason for this success is one of the simplest principles of all; black market steroids are not subject to regulation or control and as such, many poor quality products reach the market place but this isn't necessarily a bad thing on the whole. As individuals are free to decide exactly who they make a purchase from, the good suppliers thrive while the poor ones fall to the wayside. As the good suppliers rise to the top, the word travels fast through the performance enhancing community, and as the poor ones see their sales fall they shortly go out of business. Of course, new suppliers of a poor nature will inevitably show up and take advantage of eager uneducated individuals, but again, they will not survive. An argument could be made that this is unfair to the individual who purchased a poor product from a poor supplier, but if quality information is out there and the individual was simply too lazy to search it out whose fault is it really? When you think about it this is somewhat of a funny scenario; the anabolic steroid market thrives with more success than most markets even though it exist largely on the black market for one simple reason. One of the truest principles of all time, the market is so successful because it is one of the freest markets in the world. Perhaps this is a principle many governments need to examine as the world is faced with so many economic problems; food for thought.
In the end, the truth is simple; black market steroids make up the largest portion of the anabolic steroid market and remain successful in its endeavor. While success has been granted by the millions who supplement, it remains purchasing black market steroids can be a disappointing process if the individual does not educate himself, and extremely dangerous based on the law. Black market steroids may be easily purchased, but such a purchase in the United States is a felony offence. It does not matter who you make a purchase from, a domestic or international supplier; it does not matter if you're only making a purchase for personal use or one that is simply out of curiosity; in any case, such a purchase is a felony offence. The law may be unjust, and on the basis by-which it was founded this is a very easy argument to make, but this does not change the law as it stands today. The success of the anabolic steroid market is impossible to deny; this billions of dollars per year market speaks for itself. Even so, no one can deny this market would be better off and thrive with greater fire if it were allowed to not only operate freely as well as legally. Billions of dollars are being spent on anabolic steroids each and every year; can you imagine how big this market would be if it existed legally? Of course, the anti-steroid crowd will moan and groan and claim such a status isn't worth it due to health risk, roid rage and in the name of saving our children, despite all of these claims being proven false and hollow claims. No one has ever died from the use of anabolic steroids, roid rage has been medically proven time and time again to be false and saving the children, statistics show us children are not supplementing to begin with. If children were a concern, could it not be controlled in the same manner as alcohol and tobacco; two drugs that claim numerous lives each and every year. Sorry, changing the law to promote a successful and relatively safe market, well this just makes too much sense, and unless you've been living somewhere in the fifth dimension this is not the world we live in.