Large increase in illegal steroid seizures in 2017 in Ireland

The amount of illegal medicines seized by authorities increased by over 40 per cent in 2017, largely due to a massive rise in the number of steroids being imported into the country (Ireland). The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), which is responsible for enforcing laws and regulations relating to medicinal products, detained some 950,000 doses of counterfeit or illegal substances last year compared to 670,000 doses in 2016. Anabolic steroids, which are used to increase muscle mass, made up just under half of the seized medicines which were uncovered through both “ongoing surveillance and targeted intelligence-based operations”, the HPRA said in its annual report. It seized 450,000 doses of anabolic steroids in 2017, compared to just 109,000 in 2016. Illegally-sourced sedatives made up 23 per cent of the total seizures, while illegal erectile dysfunction drugs made up 13 per cent.

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