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Friday 26, Dec 2008

  NASCAR will welcome 2009 with tougher dope testing

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nascar-steroidsAccording to AP report, NASCAR is likely to start testing drivers by the third week of January under anti-doping policy.

NASCAR is implementing tougher policy for use of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. Said policy also applies to illegal drugs and abuse of prescription medications.

Crew members, meanwhile, are required to submit results from an approved lab by Jan.16. A memo was sent to teams enumerating the prohibited compounds for which crew members must be tested. No specific guidelines were provided for drivers as NASCAR reserves the right to screen drivers for any compounds. However, according to a NASCAR’s spokesman, drivers will definitely be screened for performance-enhancing drugs.

The tougher policy was adopted partly because of former Truck Series driver Aaron Fike’s public admission that he had used heroin even on days he raced. Veteran drivers like Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick urged the association to strengthen its policy regarding the use of banned compounds.

In September this year, Ron Hornaday Jr admitted he used a testosterone cream during the 2004 and 2005 to treat a medical condition. Hornaday is suffering from Graves’ disease, a thyroid disorder characterized by goiter and exophthalmos (bulging of the eyes).

The memo, dated Dec. 8, is the first time the new policy has been laid out in writing and specifies who falls under the guidelines. Those who must be tested before Jan. 16 include: pit crew members, including “over-the-wall” crew members, the crew chief, car chief, team members responsible for tires, fuel and pit crew operation, spotters and race-day support personnel that includes engineers, engine tuners, shock specialists, chassis specialists and tire specialists.

Among the substances those participants must be tested for are:

_ Seven different amphetamines, including methamphetamine and PMA, a synthetic psychostimulant and hallucinogen.

_ Three drugs classified under ephedrine.

_ 13 different narcotics, including codeine and morphine.

_ Ten different benzodiazepines and barbituates.

_ Marijuana, cocaine, zolpidem, nitrites, chromates and drugs that can increase specific gravity.

Under the old policy, NASCAR only implemented random test based on suspicion of abuse. Under the new guidelines everyone will be tested before the season begins, and random testing will continue throughout the year. NASCAR expects to randomly test 12 to 14 individuals per series each weekend in 2009.

Monday 22, Dec 2008

  Drug bust involving ice and steroids was not a “record bust”

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steroids-bustAustralian police initially claimed it was a “record drug bust”, estimating the amount of seized illegal drugs at $650,000. Now, they found out that the 1.5kg of white powder was not the drug ice as presumed, according to GoldCoast.com report.

Police reported that they found white powder in sealed bags and plastic containers as well as anabolic steroids, scales, mobile phones, an extendable baton and other drug paraphernalia at the luxury apartment of Daniel Kajala.

The 28-year-old Kalaja was subsequently charged with possessing a large quantity of methylamphetamine, supplying the drug, possessing 40ml of testosterone, possessing a .357 Magnum handgun and possessing drug utensils and an extendable baton.

But after scientific testing was conducted, authorities dropped the supply charge and downgraded possession charges, and Kalaja pleaded guilty to the remaining counts. The testing revealed that only 3.729 per cent of the powder was methylamphetamine, commonly known as ice, and the remaining powder was chemical mixture used as a ‘cutting agent’ used in the manufacture of dangerous drugs.

Consequently, Kalaja also lost the nickname “The Ice Man” he’s been dubbed with following the much publicized raid on his apartment in the Southport area on the Gold Coast.

“The police asserted that the substance was ice to the media and publicly congratulated detectives despite not fully knowing what the substance contained,” said Kajala’s solicitor Bill Potts. “Why would a senior officer perpetrate fraud on the public in this way?”

Kalaja was fined $8500 in default 170 days in jail.

Saturday 25, Oct 2008

  Steroids, illegal drugs found at a Howell Township house

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new-jersey-steroidsTwo police officers in New Jersey scored double when they discovered illegal drugs in the house where they were executing a domestic violence restraining order.

Officers Sean O’Neill and Cristopher Schirripa of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office were authorized to search the house for weapons but instead discovered a cache of illegal drugs and paraphernalia. The officers found 233 hypodermic syringes, 31 vials of anabolic steroids, under 50 grams of marijuana, and three ecstasy pills.

Jonathan Lester, the proud owner of the house at Howell Township, was not initially at the place but showed up when he was called up by the officers. Lester, 24, was later charged with possession of controlled dangerous substances (steroids and ecstasy), possession with intent to distribute (steroids), possession with intent to distribute drug paraphernalia (syringes), possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sheriff Kim Guadagno said the finding was significant because “the use and distribution of anabolic steroids is a serious issue particularly this time of year when high school sports are in full swing. It’s important for parents to be aware that this type of illegal activity exists.

Thursday 25, Sep 2008

  Aussie CBD killer blames cocktail of illegal drugs, alcohol and steroids for the shootings (Oh, these criminals would even blame their dogs for their bad behavior!)

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hells-angelsHells Angels’ bikie Christopher Wayne Hudson received a life sentence with a minimum of 35 years for his murderous rampage which took place June 18, 2007 in the crowded Central Business District of Melbourne.

The 31-year-old Hudson seriously wounded his girlfriend Kara Douglas and Paul de Waard while fatally shooting Brendan Keilar. The shooting happened in broad daylight, around 8:20 in the morning, as CBD employees rushed to work.

Hudson claimed the shootings were not planned, suggesting that his overindulgence of steroids, amphetamines, and alcohol was what had driven him to commit the atrocious crime.

Judge Paul Coghlan’s sentencing of Hudson on September 22 was welcomed by Australians who were shocked by the event. The Herald Sun reported from inside the court during the sentencing, painting a seemingly calm Hudson.

Hudson sat impassively as the judge read out his sentencing remarks in the Supreme Court, a few hundred metres from the scene of the carnage that brought the whole city centre to a standstill.

When he was brought into the prisoners dock this morning Hudson turned round and smiled at a number of heavily tattooed mates who were at the back of the packed court.

Some wore Hells Angels colours and T-shirts and after the sentence they consoled Hudson’s father outside the court.

Hudson pleaded guilty to one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of intentionally causing serious injury.

He also pleaded guilty to one count of being a prohibited person to use an unregistered firearm – a charge laid over a separate incident days earlier involving AFL Collingwood star Alan Didak.

Justice Coghlan decribed Hudson’s behavior as ‘appalling’  and the shooting spree that transpired at the corner of Flinders Lane and William St. as a crime that “shocked the public conscience”.

“These events occurred at a place where ordinary are entitled to feel safe,” Justice Coghlan said.

“Two of your victims were not known to you and were shot for doing no more than trying to help the young woman you were assaulting. She was shot too.

“None of your victims represented any threat to you, imagined or otherwise,” Judge Coghlan continued.

Forty-three-year old Keilar, a solicitor and a father of three, died at the scene. De Waard, then 25-year-old backpacker from the Netherlands, was shot two times in the chest and once in the abdomen. Douglas sustained serious gunshot wounds and had a kidney removed due to injuries.

Keilar and De Waard played good Samaritans, but paid high price for it. When the two saw Hudson dragging Douglas from a taxi by the hair, they tried to come to her rescue. That was when Hudson pulled out a gun and shot at the three victims.

A few hours prior to that fatal incident, Hudson physically assaulted Autumn Daly-Holt, a stripper at one of St. King’s numerous night clubs. His vicious attack on Daly-Holt was caught on security cameras.

Hudson had figured in numerous altercations with the law with 60-plus prior convictions. Many of his crimes were against women and involved the use of weapons. Six days before the CBD shootings, Hudson reportedly fired a pistol from the window of his car. AFL’s Alan Didak had been with Hudson during the incident. Apparently the two were drinking together earlier in the evening.

Hudson is currently appealing the verdict.

Friday 02, May 2008

  Teens and Steroids

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Blame it on the media, blame it on parents, blame it on peer and societal pressure, but finger pointing never does any good to anyone, especially when talking about serious health risks teenagers may face with steroid use.

Steroids, or more technically-known as anabolic-androgenic steroids, are synthetic substances derived form the male sex hormone testosterone. These steroids do have therapeutic benefits, but they have gained notoriety because of their abuse in the sports as performance-enhancing drugs. Other recreational use of these controlled substances is enhancement of physique. The teenaged population use steroids primarily for the latter reason – teens want to acquire a perfect body to be ‘in’. And therein lies the problem as most teenagers do not have enough knowledge about steroids, and how these substances can be harmful to the body if misused or abused.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that 325,000 teenage boys and 175,000 teenage girls are using steroids, and your kid may be one of those statistics. How would know that your kid is using steroids? As a parent, you must be on the constant lookout for the following signs.

• Exaggerated mood swings, increased irritability and aggression, and other behavioral changes such as: euphoria, increased energy, sexual arousal, distractibility, forgetfulness, confusion and depression.
• Unusually greasy skin with stretch marks.
• Drastic increase in muscle size.
• Severe acne outbreak and stunting of bone growth.
• Jaundice (yellowing of the whites of the eyes), fluid retention, high blood pressure, increases in LDL (bad cholesterol) and decreases in HDL (good cholesterol).
• In males, testicular shrinkage, difficulty or pain in urinating, baldness and breast enlargement (gynecomastia).
• In females, development of masculine characteristics (virilization), which includes decreased body fat and breast size, deepening of the voice, excessive growth of body hair and loss of scalp hair.

You must remember that steroids are just one of the compounds being abused by teenagers nowadays. Below are just some of the few substances that could cause far more serious health risks than steroids.  (Teen can buy steroids but they are not the worse)

• Illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, and methamphetamine.
• Prescription drugs like Aderrall, Diazepam, and Vicodin. Also, over-the-counter (OTC) medicines that contain Pseudoephedrine and Dextromethorphan (DXM), which are active ingredients in over 120 cold medicines, are being abused.
• Alcohol
• Common household products such as paint thinner, spray paint, solvents, rubber glue, and household cleaners.

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