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Question for a friend

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CheerfulYank Mon 20-May-13 03:30:40

Not sure how to title this one! Also, I know that laws/processes may be different as we are in the US vs the UK, but I wasn't sure who else to ask.

A friend of mine has a six year old daughter. She and her DD's father are not together but he has DD every other weekend.

The friend has just found out via his live-in girlfriend that he has been taking steroids for over a year.

Her concerns are A) the illegal nature of it, obviously and B) the effect on his temper/stability. He was jailed years ago for assault on my friend and she really concerned that the steroids will make things worse.

They've had a decent co-parenting relationship in the last few years and I know my friend would like to keep it that way, but her concern for her daughter (and the girlfriend as well) is more important.

What should she do first?

mumblechum1 Mon 20-May-13 05:18:07

Steroids aren't illegal, so far as I know. Often they are prescribed for a range of medical conditions.

They do, I believe, have side effects including increased irritability, but unless there is anything to suggest that his behaviour towards his daughter has changed, I don't think there's anything your friend can do.

scaevola Mon 20-May-13 07:15:41

Steroids were made illegal in USA since the Control Act of 1990 (a bit like diamorphine in UK, OK if prescribed but a offence if not).

So if he's using them off without medical supervision, he could be harming himself and having uncontrolled side effects.

Is she prepared to have him arrested? What would the likely penalty be?

mumblechum1 Mon 20-May-13 10:19:38

Ah, sorry OP, I presumed you were talking about a UK friend.

CheerfulYank Mon 20-May-13 19:39:18

Oh sorry, didn't realize they were legal there!

Yes, they are illegal here and I think with his previous issues she's concerned about her daughter witnessing something or being accidentally hurt if he goes out of control.

I don't know if she wants to have him arrested but would like to know that he isn't using them if he's going to be in contact with their daughter.

mumblechum1 Mon 20-May-13 19:52:52

In the UK, it's not unusual to have hairshaft testing for drugs, as the residue stays in the hairshaft for much longer than blood or urine. It has, of course, to be ordered by the court and there has to be evidence of illegal drug abuse.

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