Over 500 individuals were contaminated with fungal meningitis after they had applied Methylprednisolone injections produced by the New England Compounding Center (NECC). Over 30 individuals died from this condition. Nobody must have doubted that the contamination was a great tragedy for certain persons and their families. Nonetheless, anti-doping organizations put efforts to benefit from the situation. What did they do? They began to blame anabolic steroids. It was noted by the media that anabolic steroids could lead to the fatal condition fungal meningitis.
Lately the Bay County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation related to illegal manufacture of anabolic steroids. It learnt that anabolic steroids were produced by certain underground lab in unsterile conditions. The Bay County Sheriff’s Office reported that they conducted the investigation for prevention of contamination with fungal meningitis in future. According to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, if anybody applies anabolic steroids produced in unsterile conditions, he/she may be contaminated with fungal meningitis.
Actually, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office showed own ignorance related to anabolic steroids and risks connected with contamination with fungal meningitis. Someone may get fungal meningitis, if he/she applies drugs that are injected directly into the central nervous system. Methylprednisolone Acetate injections are applied into the central nervous system. That’s why these contaminated corticosteroids led to the fungal meningitis outbreak. As for anabolic steroids, they are not injected into the central nervous system. They are mainly introduced into muscles. That’s why it is impossible to face fungal meningitis while taking anabolic steroids. If you take anabolic steroids which are manufactured in unsterile conditions, you may face some additional health problems. But you will never get fungal meningitis while taking anabolic steroids for medical or even for athletic purposes.
So, the fungal meningitis outbreak caused by usage of contaminated Methylprednisolone Acetate injections was just a condition to blame anabolic steroids. Notice, please: Methylprednisolone Acetate is not an anabolic steroid. It belongs to corticosteroids.