Andro ban to affect Airmen

Staff Sgt. Brian Hill
Kaiserslautern American

A new bill recently signed into law adds 18 substances to the list of banned anabolic steroids.

The bill, known as the “Andro Ban,” prohibits the popular bodybuilding drug androstenedione – commonly known as “andro.”

“Many Airmen are currently using andro supplements in order to bulk up and improve their athletic performance,” said Capt. Kimberly Quedensley, 435th Air Base Wing legal office. “These drugs stimulate the muscle tissue to grow larger and stronger, exaggerating the effects of testosterone on the body.”

Under the new law, andro and andro supplements – to include the commonly-used 1-AD and 4-AD – are classified as Schedule III controlled substances, similar to codeine and ephedine.

“They were banned because when ingested, andro breaks down and turns into other illegal steroids,” said Captain Quedensley. “The use of anabolic steroids, to include andro, is dangerous. Continued use can negatively affect the reproductive system, cause irreversible liver damage, and create violent, aggressive mood swings.”

The drugs are now available in health and fitness stores, but starting Jan. 20, it will be illegal to use them – even if purchased prior to this date.

The term “anabolic steroid” means any drug or hormonal substance, chemically and pharmacologically related to testosterone (other than estrogens, progestin, and corticosteroids) that promotes muscle growth.

Airmen caught using these drugs after Jan. 20 are subject to Uniform Code of Military Justice action. Anyone unclear which substances are specifically banned may look up the information online using the bill, 21 USC 802, as a reference. Questions may also be directed to the legal office at 480-5911.