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Tuesday 15, Nov 2011

  More than 100 players tested positive for stimulants

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According to FIFA, more than 100 players at the Under-17 World Cup in Mexico tested positive for stimulants due to contaminated meat.

Samples provided by players from 19 of the 24 squads at the tournament – that ended in July – tested positive for banned substance clenbuterol, as per Jiri Dvorak, chief medical officer for world football’s governing body.

FIFA was very alarmed and it was highly surprising to see something like this – I had not seen anything like it in my 20 years in this post,” Dvorak said.

Saturday 29, Oct 2011

  Indian Kabaddi players test positive in dope test

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At least 13 of the 29 Kabaddi players have tested positive during tests conducted by officials of the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) in Punjab state, in a major embarrassment to the Indian sports.

“On 20th march, we tested 29 samples of kabaddi players out of which 16 were found negative and remaining 13 were found positive on the basis of anabolic steroids and stimulants, and the anti-doping tribunal has provisionally suspended the 13 players,” said Dr. Manmohan Singh, chairman of Anti-Doping committee.

Thirteen players have been served notices and declared provisionally suspended from taking part in any sport or event till the final adjudication following the test results.

Friday 28, Oct 2011

  World Kabaddi Cup started with anabolic steroids issue

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The World Kabaddi Cup made headlines in sports magazines for reports that 13 of its players tested positive for anabolic steroids and stimulants.

The test conducted by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was part of the pre-tournament drug testing of the players.

Indian Sports Director Pragati Singh expressed some concern on the result of the tests. “Definitely it’s a matter of concern. Even as a player it’s a matter of concern. We want the medal with respect. We don’t want medal like this,” he said.

Wednesday 26, Aug 2009

  Abuse of Ritalin on a rise among teenagers

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Abuse of Ritalin on a rise among teenagersRitalin has emerged as the obvious choice of a huge majority of sleep-deprived teenagers who are struggling to make the grade.

Undergraduates, as well as high school SAT-takers, are turning to prescription stimulants for boosting the levels of concentration to stay ahead of competition without feeling the heat of burning the oil in night.

According to a study by the University of Michigan Substance Abuse Research Center, it was found that ten percent of college students tend to use stimulants on an illegal basis at some point in their college years.

From News-Medical.Net:

“Most students who use their friend’s stimulants do it to improve performance,” said Scott Teitelbaum, M.D., medical director of the Florida Recovery Center at UF. “It’s like athletes taking steroids – the idea that you can study better, harder, longer, as if you were hitting a ball farther.”

But the pills won’t make up for a semester of slacking off, said Teitelbaum.

“When you look at the students that use illicit (stimulants), their performance at school is worse,” Teitelbaum said. “And that’s probably because the need to use the drug reflects them being behind, and needing to cram and catch up.”

Ritalin revs up the central nervous system, creating feelings of alertness that fall somewhere between those produced by caffeine and cocaine.

“If you look at Ritalin structurally, it’s the closest relative to cocaine,” said Teitelbaum. “I think it depends on the dose one is taking, and why they’re taking it. Some people take stimulants solely for the effect on concentration. Other people are taking it for the buzz.”

Pharmaceutical abuse is on the rise among teens, surpassing the combined rates of crack/cocaine, Ecstasy, heroin and methamphetamine abuse, according to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America. Experts predict the trend will continue because the pills are inexpensive and widely available.

“Unlike cocaine, you can get Ritalin very cheaply from your friends because all they need is their co-pay,” Teitelbaum said. “There’s a great availability.”

From the above conclusions, it can be easily found out that usage of illicit drugs is still on a rampant rise despite the United States government trying its best to eradicate drugs.

Saturday 13, Dec 2008

  2008 Monitoring The Future study shows use of steroids and stimulants down, use of inhalants and prescription drugs up

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prescription-drugs-steroidsThe 2008 Monitoring The Future study indicates that there is a downward trend in the use of certain drugs amongst America’s youths. However, there is an increase as well as indications of potential increase of illicit intake of other drugs.

First, the good news.

The good news is the long-term decline in the use of methamphetamines, a practice more pronounced among 12th graders. The MTF study shows that usage of this drug dropped by two-thirds in this bracket.

Another positive trend noted is the use of over-the-counter cold and cough medicines, prevalent practice among the 8th and 12th graders. The study indicates that there is a decline also in the use of these drugs.  Teens usually pilfer this class of drugs from their homes’ medicine cabinets to get high.

Use of anabolic steroids has also dropped. Steroid use has been continually decreasing since 2001, and since that time, the activity has dropped by one-third among 12th graders, and by half among 8th and 10th graders.

Now, the bad news.

The Partnership for Drug- Free America reacts on the troubling trends reflected on the MTF study:

…the 2008 MTF study highlights three areas of concern that should serve as a call-to-action for all parents and the substance abuse prevention field at large — strong reminders that we must not divert our attention from this critical family health issue.

First, the abuse of prescription medications continues at alarming levels. The fact that 15 percent of 12th graders report abusing a prescription drug in the past year — and that this prevalence has remained steady for several years — is a stark contrast to the progress made against illicit drugs.

The second area of concern is among eighth graders, where there has been a weakening in the perceived risk of using inhalants — household products that are sniffed to get high. In 2008, this age group also reported a lower rate of disapproval of this behavior.
Lastly, MTF indicates that the decade-long decline in marijuana use among all grades has leveled off, and among 8th and 12th graders, there is weakening in the perceived risk of using marijuana regularly.

Historically, when risk perceptions weaken, the likelihood of use increases. As such, attitudes about both marijuana and inhalant use are in potentially dangerous transition periods, and use may be poised to rise in the future. Prevention efforts, especially by parents, are warranted and encouraged to head off an unnecessary backslide.