How We Test for Illegal Anabolic Steroids
We utilize the most sophisticated, sensitive and specific equipment and technology available, gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS), to screen and confirm illegal steroids, diuretics and stimulants.
The abuse of anabolic steroids and performance-enhancing drugs has become a national concern and is not limited to body builders and professional athletes anymore. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that steroid abuse is widespread among all ages and many don’t believe steroid use is risky. Under federal law, steroids are classified as Schedule III in the U.S. Androgenic-anabolic steroids and performance-enhancing drugs are also banned by major, amateur and professional sports.
What Are Anabolic Steroids?
Androgenic-anabolic steroids (AAS) are a class of steroid hormones possessing androgenic (promote development of male sexual characteristics) and anabolic (increase nitrogen retention, protein synthesis and muscle growth) properties. Synthetic AAS were developed as licensed drugs in the late 1950’s / early 1960’s. Soon they became popular among athletes as highly potent performance enhancing drugs. Abuse of AAS violates fundamental principles of sports and seriously threatens athlete’s health. AAS are banned in sports since 1976. In response to the demand, new similar non-licensed steroids were developed and sold as “legal” nutritional supplements. They are also known as prohormones and designer anabolic steroids. Currently, in the US all prohormones, classic and designer AAS are classified as Schedule III Controlled substances.
What Are Diuretics?
Diuretics elevate the rate of bodily urine excretion (diuresis). Use of diuretics is prohibited in sports. Increased urine flow reduces concentration of prohibited substances in urine, thus complicating their detection (masking). Diuretics are also known to be abused in weight sports (weight category manipulation).
What Are Stimulants?
Stimulants are psychoactive drugs that induce temporary improvements in mental and/or physical function. The effects of stimulants include enhanced alertness, wakefulness, endurance, productivity and motivation; increased arousal, locomotion, heart rate/blood pressure; and a perception of a diminished requirement for food and sleep. Stimulant abuse can lead to addiction and is eventually destructive to human health.
Why Use Confirm BioSciences?
Confirm BioSciences has been serving national and international clients with steroid testing for many years. Some of our clients include schools, universities, body building organizations, the government, private security companies, security armed forces and corporations.
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