Human growth hormone (HGH) has been used for years in the military and sports as a performance enhancing supplement. However, as with any supplement, there are both health and legal concerns that must be considered when using it. It is possible to use HGH without a deficiency, but there are risks that are associated with this.
Penalties for steroid or HGH crimes
The penalties for steroid or HGH crimes can vary from state to state. Depending on the nature of the crime, the penalty may include jail time, fines, or both.
While steroid crimes are not as common as narcotics prosecutions, they still happen. They involve the illegal possession or sale of steroids. These can result in hefty fines and significant jail time.
For instance, the sale of steroids without a prescription is considered a federal crime. Typically, a person selling or distributing the drugs faces the same type of punishments as those who distribute narcotics. If the drug was sold to underage consumers, the penalties could be increased.
Penalties for the sale of anabolic steroids can range from a few thousand dollars to five or more years in prison. There is also a diversionary program available for those convicted of this crime.
Anabolic steroids are anabolic steroid hormones which are used to increase protein synthesis in cells. This helps build cellular tissue in muscles. Because of this, these hormones can help develop masculine characteristics.
Steroids are not used for recreational purposes. However, the misuse of steroids can have devastating consequences. Those caught using them can face serious consequences, including fines, imprisonment, and job loss.
One of the simplest steroid crimes is the possession of anabolic steroids without a prescription. Depending on the amount of steroids in question, the penalties can be as high as a year in prison.
In the military and sports
The human growth hormone has taken a back seat to steroids and banned substances of all stripes but that doesn’t mean it’s been shunned. Indeed, the Department of Defense recently adopted the World Anti-Doping agency’s (WADA) list of banned substances. As such, the likes of adipose bodybuilders have a new set of legal obligations. This may be the reason why the military is still a sweaty mess after all. To help stifle the sleazy blood suckers, the military has launched a new public relations campaign. Luckily for the good guys, the bad ones are a rare breed.
On the other hand, it’s hard to ignore the fact that the tyrpical and drool worthy human growth hormone laden environs may have a detrimental effect on the quality of life for service members and their families. It’s one thing to know that the best of the best is no longer around the corner, but it’s a whole other ballgame to find out that you’re stuck with the drool worthy swag you ain’t got.
Health risks of using HGH if you don’t have a deficiency
There are health risks associated with the use of human growth hormone. Specifically, you may be at increased risk of getting Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD).
CJD is a rare, incurable brain disease caused by the abnormal folding of a protein called prion. The disease affects the brain, and is usually diagnosed by a combination of symptoms. It causes memory loss, dementia, and behavioral changes.
Scientists have found that exposure to hGH, which is made from a patient’s own pituitary gland, may increase the risk of CJD. Because of this, HHS stopped distributing pituitary hGH. But HHS continues to monitor the individuals who have been treated with pituitary hGH through the NHPP.
While most GH recipients did not develop CJD, they did experience some side effects. These included joint pain, fluid retention, and breast enlargement. However, they did not have any significant changes in cholesterol or aerobic capacity.
Since the FDA has established eligibility rules for donating blood and other organs, people who received recombinant hGH and did not develop CJD may be able to donate their blood and other tissues. If you are considering donating any of your tissue, it is important to disclose the use of hGH to the recipient organization.
Researchers believe that the lower rate of CJD in the United States is at least partially due to a new purification process used by NHPP. They are also trying to develop a test to identify CJD before the disease manifests itself.