Border officials would be able to seize imports of anabolic steroids as part of initiatives for cutting the growing misuse of the drugs among young people.

The new legislation on anabolic steroids is being introduced in response to warnings about the increasing popularity and easy availability of anabolic steroids online.

‘It is encouraging that the government have accepted almost all the ACMD’s recommendations and haven’t chosen to criminalise and marginalise anabolic steroid users directly,’ Dr Lawson said. ‘There is a real need for reliable, credible and consistent health information for steroid users.’