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J Health Soc Policy. 2006;22(2):51-78.

The Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2004: a study in the political economy of drug policy.

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Department of Communication Studies, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634, USA. bdenham


This article examines the processes by which the Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2004, an act that added steroid precursors such as androstenedione to the list of Schedule III Controlled Substances in the United States, came to pass in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Grounded theoretically in political economy, the article addresses, in the abstract, how the interplay of political pressures and economic influences stands to affect the actions of public officials, and how "tougher" drug policies-those touted to be more substantive and efficacious than existing regulations-often fail to effect change. The article concludes with implications for those involved in the regulation of anabolic steroids and steroid precursors.

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