Anabolic Steroids Illegal in New Jersey

The issue of Barry Bonds and other professional athletes’ possible involvement with steroids now raises questions on high school athletes trying steroids. The New Jersey Commissioner of Health promulgated rules and regulations which classify anabolic steroids as Schedule III controlled dangerous substances. The problem of the unlawful use of anabolic steroids by school-age children is a particularly serious one, and that this problem is not limited to student athletes, but also involves students who use these especially dangerous substances with the intent to enhance their physical appearance. These substances often have profound, long-term adverse side effects, and that their unlawful use by children cannot be tolerated.

“Controlled Dangerous Substance" shall mean a drug, substance or immediate precursor as defined at N.J.S.A. 2C:35-2, and shall include controlled substance analogs. Pursuant to regulations adopted by the Department of Health, the term includes anabolic steroids, and shall also be deemed to include "Jimson" weed (stramonium preparation; N.J.S.A. 2A:170-77.8) and gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), Rohypnol (“roofies"), and flunitrazepam. (See N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5.2 and 5.3.)

The website njlaws.com contains articles on penalties for possession of illegal drugs or being under the influence. The Editor of the website is Kenneth Vercammen, who is the past president of the Middlesex County Municipal Prosecutor's Association.

Kenneth Vercammen was selected one of only three attorneys as a Super Lawyer 2007-2008 in NJ Monthly in the Criminal - DWI. Kenneth Vercammen was the NJ State Bar Municipal Court Attorney of the Year. He is the past chair of the NJ State Bar Association Municipal Court Section. He is the Deputy chair of the ABA Criminal Law committee, GP Division.