Bill to restrict access to DHEA introduced

December 21, 2007

Legislation introduced to restrict access to DHEA

Senators Charles Grassley (R, Iowa) and Charles Schumer (D, N.Y.) have introduced S. 2470, the "Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) Abuse Reduction Act of 2007 (DARA 2007), which proposes to amend the Controlled Substances Act to prevent the access of DHEA to minors and create penalties to those who would provide DHEA to minors.Commenting on the proposed legislation, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), a leading trade association representing the dietary supplement industry, issued the following statement, "We strongly oppose the attempt to restrict access to a legal and safe supplement product—DHEA—under the guise of protecting consumers from 'performance-enhancing drugs'. There is no evidence that DHEA is being abused by minors nor is there evidence that DHEA works as a performance-enhancing product in young healthy adults. Tying this legislation to the Mitchell report on steroid and drug problems in Major League Baseball is a misdirected attempt to push through meritless legislation based on emotional rhetoric. This bill would in no way address the problem of illegal anabolic steroid use."

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