Record number of anabolic steroids among massive drug haul
Massive haul of illegally imported medicines seized in latest crackdown
A record 72,000 units of anabolic steroids were among a massive haul of illegally imported medicines seized in the latest crackdown
The potentially dangerous substances used to increase muscle mass and athletic performance were around 200,000 units of illegal prescription medicines valued at €850,000 which were confiscated by the Interpol-coordinated Operation Pangea X.
It is a three-fold increases in seizures compared to last year.
Some of the massive haul was put on display by the medicines’ watchdog, the Health Products Regulatory Authority today including sedatives, painkillers, slimming tablets and sedatives.
The HPRA , the Revenue Customs Service, and an Garda Siochana jointly led the operation in Ireland.
In some cases criminal gangs were behind the imports, particularly involving anabolic steroids.
Health Minister Simon Harris today called on gym-owners to do more to stamp out the dangerous practice.
HPRA chief executive Dr Lorraine Nolan said:”There is no guarantee as to what is contained in these products we have detailed or under what conditions they have been manufactured.
“We continue to urge members of the public not to use unverified and unregulated sources such as the internet to buy prescription only medicines or other illegal health products.”
She said anabolic steroids may have very high levels of active ingredient with potentially serious side effects.
However, there is under-reporting of these because of the secretive nature of the practice, she added.