Nutritional supplements are supplements that provide nutrients that can potentially benefit a person’s health. These supplements are currently the focus of considerable political and media attention. While there are many nutritional supplements on the market, some of them closely resemble the effects and results of anabolic steroids, and are considered to be performance-enhancing drugs. Additionally, there are several supplements that are the target of legislation that may soon make many legal, over-the-counter supplements either illegal or only available through a prescription.

Which Supplements Might Be Outlawed

The following is a list of nutritional supplements that are under review and may soon be made illegal:

  • DHEA
  • 7-keto DHEA
  • Pregnenolone
  • Androstenedione

Federal Penalties for Selling Nutritional Supplements,

Because these supplements are still legal, there are no existing federal laws against their use or sale, although there may be commerce regulations on the distribution of such supplements. Additionally, there is proposed legislation in the form of the “Anti-Andro Bill.” Purporting to address the recent outbreak of teenage supplement use, there is an aggressive pursuit of such regulation. If this legislation is successful, it would list these nutritional supplements as Schedule III drugs, which is the same class as steroids. Similarly, the possession and use of nutritional supplements would be similar to that of steroids.

State Penalties for Using or Selling Nutritional Supplements

Because nutritional supplements are currently legal, there are no penalties for their use or sale. Keep in mind, however, that similar to federal law, there may exist limits and penalties for improper distribution. California has recently decreed more stringent warning labels on these types of supplements. For now, there is legislation that deems the sale or use of these supplements as either a misdemeanor or felon. However, for the type of supplement that carries an age limit, there may be fines or other penalties for the sale or distribution to minors, for those drugs that carry an age limit.

Should I Seek Legal Advice?

Using or selling nutritional supplements may lead to a wide range of charges. If you are a distributor of seller of nutritional supplements, you may want to consult with a drug lawyer to make sure you are following the law.