August 27, 2014
Queensland beefs up steroids laws after drastic rise in seizures: Moved to Schedule 1
Steroids have been reclassified as a schedule one dangerous drug under new laws aimed at reducing drug and alcohol-fuelled violence in Queensland. Possess steroids / spend 25 years in jail!!The changes, passed by State Parliament on Tuesday night, mean they are now classified alongside heroin, cocaine and amphetamines in the highest category of dangerous illicit substances. It also increases the maximum penalty for possession or supply of steroids to 25 years in jail. The new laws were passed as part of the State Government’s Safe Night Out legislation to tackle drug and alcohol use. The latest Australian Crime Commission statisticsshow in the 2012-13 financial year, more than half of the nation’s steroid arrests were in Queensland. Last year, the weight of steroids seized in Queensland increased more than 20 times from 216 grams to 4.6 kilograms. There were 392 steroids-linked arrests in Queensland in 2012-13, compared with 296 the previous financial year.
Police find steroid stashes in two Gold Coast raidsThe change in classification came after police targeted steroids in a series of raids on the Gold Coast this week. Officers from the state’s anti-bikie squad, Taskforce Maxima, found tablets, syringes and drug vials during a raid on a Runaway Bay home on Monday morning. Two men were charged over the matter and are due to face court next month.
We are seeing users increasingly involved in crimes of violence and with ongoing health problems.Detective Inspector Brendan Smith, Taskforce Maxima