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Wednesday 30, Jun 2010

  Random testing beyond sanctions for high schoolers

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Random testing beyond sanctions for high schoolersRandom drug testing has been instituted beyond sanctions by a high proportion of public school districts as set by the U.S. Supreme Court on their high school students, as per a study led by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE).

Dr. Chris Ringwalt, Senior Research Scientist at PIRE said that he believed that the study will have implications to monitor the happening of random drug testing for preventing the use of steroids in sports and schools in the coming times.

It is worth nothing here that more and more young people are using anabolic steroids to buildup solid muscles and enhance performance levels.

Tuesday 29, Sep 2009

  Random drug screening implemented at law enforcement agencies

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Random drug screening implemented at law enforcement agencies Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson took office just last January, but he made it clear that drug use will not be tolerated by his agency. Last January, he ordered that random drug testing be conducted to ensure that the agency remained a drug-free workplace.

The new policy was finally implemented earlier this month. The system works by computers selecting random names of several employees. The pre-selected employees will be given only an hour to be tested after they were notified.

About 20 employees coming from different levels such as executive staffs, supervisors, dispatchers, investigators, and support personnel will be selected and tested.

In case an employee tested positive, either he will receive a disciplinary action or he will face possible termination.

Meanwhile, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s office included a negative drug testing result as part of their conditions for employment. According to the agency’s general drug order, employees must undergo random drug testing at least once a year. They must also pass random drug and alcohol testing based upon suspicion.

Since the drug policy was implemented, only one employee tested positive for illegal use of prescription medicine.

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office also implements similar dug policy requiring their employees to undergo random drug testing.

Thursday 04, Dec 2008

  Oklahoma cops to be tested for drugs but not for steroids

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Police_steroidsIn last month’s International Association of Chiefs of Police conference held in California, the overall sentiment was there’s now the prevalent use of anabolic steroids in the police. Phoenix police Cmdr. Kim Humphrey said it’s a problem that should be addressed immediately. Humphrey has become a resource person on the issue since his department is the first to implement steroid testing among its ranks.

The Oklahoma City Police Department Chief Bill Citty, however, was of the opinion that steroid use among police officers is not a “systemic problem”.

“I don’t think it is running rampant through law enforcement agencies,” Citty stated. “But I’m not going to sit here and deny … there are some officers are either using or have used in the past.”

The Citty’s department and its officers union are currently negotiating their drug testing program for 2009 and, according to NewsOk, anabolic steroids will not be among the banned compounds to be tested for.

This does not mean, however, the department is against measures that would discourage officers from using illegal substances. The police union vice president, Sgt. Ron Burks, said their union, the Fraternal Order of Police, supports random testing for all officers.

“We don’t want our officers using drugs,” he said. “We don’t have a problem with the drug testing policy for that reason.”

Burks stressed, however, that any drug testing should be “reasonable” and does not violate officers’ rights.

Friday 19, Sep 2008

  Carl Lewis comments on Usain Bolts possible steroid use backfires

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usain-bolt-steroidsSo, it’s now down to trash-talking instead of track-running.

The word war steams up between Carl Lewis and Usain Bolt, or at least Bolt’s nation, Jamaica. Suffice it to say that Lewis will not be welcomed in Jamaica with open arms but with a barrage of the now world-renowned Trelawny yams. Here are some excerpts from a scathing editorial which appeared on the Jamaican Observer. The editorial basically sums up Jamaicans’ sentiment on Carl Lewis.

No sooner had the world slapped down Mr Jacques Rogge for his reprimand of Mr Bolt’s celebration on winning the 100 metres in a new world record, we now have the xenophobic US Olympian, Mr Carl Lewis, raising doubts about the authenticity of Mr Bolt’s outstanding achievements.

According to a Caribbean Media Corporation report published in last Saturday’s Observer magazine, Sporting World, Mr Lewis, in an interview with Sports Illustrated, raised strong doubts about Mr Bolt’s performances in the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4×100 metres relay – all won in world record times – but cleverly stopped short of accusing the Jamaican sprinter of taking performance-enhancing drugs.

Lewis, himself an Olympic medalist – nine gold medals out of 10 Olympic medals – dropped some controversial comments at his recent interview with Sports Illustrated.

“When people ask me about Bolt, I say he could be the greatest athlete of all time. But to run 10.03 seconds one year and 9.69 the next, if you don’t question that in a sport with the reputation it has right now, you’re a fool. Period,” Lewis said.

Mr Lewis who, in the past, has used his stature as an Olympic champion to oppose the acceptance of Caribbean athletes, particularly Jamaicans, by American colleges, went further to try and smear Jamaica’s drug-testing programme.

“Countries like Jamaica do not have a random programme, so they can go months without being tested,” he fumed.

Then he delivered what he obviously believed would be regarded as some form of objectivity by saying: “No one is accusing Bolt, but don’t live by a different rule and expect the same kind of respect. How dare anybody feel that there shouldn’t be scrutiny, especially in our sport.”

The editorial defends that Jamaica has ‘never felt itself beyond inspection’ and that they are, in fact, under the International Association of Athletic Federations’ random drug screening program.

All this, of course, exposes Mr Lewis’s lies which, we believe, are driven by envy and the fact that his own athletics career – during which he won nine Olympic gold medals – has been shrouded in suspicion.

Ouch, that hurts!

Lewis has, indeed, gotten embroiled in a steroid scandal himself. If you remember that back in 2003, Dr. Wade Exum suggested of some anomalous activity within the United States Olympic Committee. Exum, director of the drug control administration of USOC from 1991 to 2000, provided documents to support his claim with the names of around 100 athletes who had failed anti-doping tests but were later cleared to compete at the Seoul Olympics. Among the athletes was Carl Lewis.

It was further revealed that Lewis tested positive three times before the 1988 Olympics for three banned stimulants pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine. The initial decision was to ban him from said Olympics and slap him with a six-month suspension but that decision was later overturned when USOC accepted Lewis’ excuse of inadvertently using said banned compounds. Subsequently, Lewis was cleared to compete in Seoul.

At the Seoul Olympics in 1988, Carl Lewis received the silver in the 100-meter event, falling behind Canadian Ben Johnson. He was awarded the gold, however, when Johnson was later disqualified for failing a doping test. Lewis was awarded world record for running the 100 metres at 9.93 seconds.