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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 27th March 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley The Secretary of State for Health 11:30 am, 27th March 2012

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for making a good and important point. My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary will be subjecting these drugs to greater control under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, restricting their illegal import into this country. Controlling supply is one part of the effort. Prevention is also important; people need to be fully aware of the risks to their health. The FRANK service, which provides advice to young people and parents about drugs misuse, will make it clear that the misuse of steroids is dangerous. I would encourage local areas to work with local businesses, such as gyms and fitness centres, to publicise those risks.