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Wednesday 09, Apr 2014

  SeaWorld Admits To Doping Whales

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SeaWorld Admits To Doping Whales

Theme park SeaWorld has been accused of administering psychoactive drugs to some of their mammals. This is not the first time that the theme park has been accused of administering drugs to their animals. A few months back, it was reported that ‘Blackfish‘ director Gabriela Cowperthwaite noted that whales are often given Diazepam (Valium) to ease the stress when separated from their mother or child.

The documentary ‘Blackfish’ exposed the wrongdoings and ways by which orcas are held in captivity at SeaWorld. This documentary revealed the story of Tilikum, a killer whale, who has been accused of killing three people but is still retained by SeaWorld. There have been many petitions filed since then against the theme park to release their killer whales.

It was reported this time that Benzodiazepine, a drug that includes components of Valium and Xanax are used for keeping the orcas from acting aggressively towards each other as a result from captivity. The critics of SeaWorld have remarked that the mental issues of orca are directly related to the way they are treated in captivity and these drugs are used for treating a condition that is caused by the stress caused by not being in the wild and captivity. These revelations were made by a sworn affidavit filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in a dispute between the park company and the rival company Marineland over the transport of Ikaika, a prized killer whale, to SeaWorld.

Jared Goodman, Director of Animal Law at the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), said the veterinary records show that orcas at SeaWorld are given psychotropic drugs to stop them from acting aggressively towards each other in the stressful, frustrating conditions in which they are confined, instead of funding the development of coastal sanctuaries – the only human solution.

In response, spokesperson for SeaWorld Fred Jacobs said Benzodiazepines are sometimes used in veterinary medicine for the care and treatment of animals, both domestic and in a zoological setting. The spokesperson added that these medications can be used for sedation for medical procedures, premedication prior to general anesthesia, and for the control of seizures and the use of benzodiazepines is regulated, and these medications are only prescribed to animals by a veterinarian. SeaWorld spokesperson added SeaWorld’s use for cetacean healthcare, including killer whales, is limited, infrequent, and only as clinically indicated base on the assessment of the attending veterinarian and added that there is no higher priority for SeaWorld than the health and well-being of the animals and its care.

PETA’s president, Ingrid Newkirk, accused SeaWorld of pumping these marine slaves full of psychotropic drugs in order to force them to perform stupid tricks.

Ingrid Visser, founder of the Orca Research Trust, remarked that orcas show stereotypical behaviors that are abnormal, repetitive behaviors like head bobbing, chewing on concrete, and self mutilation by banging the side of their heads on the side of the tank, and there isn’t a single orca living in captivity where you cannot see one of these behaviors, and in many of them you see multiple examples of these behaviors.

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Friday 27, May 2011

  Poker Players Use Performance-Enhancing Drugs

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Poker Players Use Performance-Enhancing DrugsA new study from Nova Southeastern University has revealed that 80 percent of the 198 players interviewed reported using drugs and other substances to enhance their performance.

The drugs, generally, were marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, Valium, and other prescription medications, as well as caffeine, energy drinks, and guarana.

Kevin Clauson, Pharm.D, an associate professor at NSU’s College of Pharmacy, who was the principle investigator in the study, said the higher stakes the game, the more likely the use of substances to enhance performance.

Tuesday 01, Mar 2011

  Hickman investigation to be conducted by Sheridan

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Hickman investigation to be conducted by SheridanInterim City Administrator Willie Banks has selected Mark Sheridan, a retired state trooper, to investigate City of Leesville Chief of Police Bobby Hickman for the civil service board.

Hickman was implicated in an illegal drug ring by Charlie Lopez, a former Leesville police officer, who pleaded guilty to a count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute Dihydrocodeinone and one count of distribution of anabolic steroids.

Lopez also admitted at that time to providing Hydrocodone and Valium to Hickman.

Friday 11, Jun 2010

  Poker players use drugs for enhancing performance

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Poker players use drugs for enhancing performanceEighty percent of poker players around the world reported using drugs and other products to enhance their performance in poker, as per a study by the Nova Southeastern University that was recently presented at a national conference.

Kevin Clauson, Pharm.D., an associate professor at NSU’s College of Pharmacy, who was the principle investigator in the study, said these drugs help poker players to stay awake longer and concentrate better to stay close to a competitive advantage.

The NSU researchers initially interviewed players in Las Vegas during the World Series of Poker and then surveyed online players from across the globe.

Monday 21, Dec 2009

  Number of Australians abusing prescription drugs on a rise

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Number of Australians abusing prescription drugs on a riseMore and more Australians are abusing prescription drugs these days and the majority of abusers are in the age group of 20-29 years.

It was revealed by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia that Zoloft, a drug also behind Michael Jackson’s death along with Xanax and Valium, has been issued 230,000 times in the last 12 months. Valium was prescribed 24,000 times this year alone while Xanax was prescribed 5,000 times from January to May, 2009.

It was remarked by experts that more and more people are misusing these drugs and the usage may soon outnumber deaths due to heroin overdose.

Thursday 25, Sep 2008

  Abuse of prescription drugs, including anabolic steroids, on the rise

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A report released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reveals both positive and negative development. The report shows that abuse of narcotics, such as cocaine and methamphetamine, is on the decline. The bad news is abuse of prescription drugs, including anabolic-androgenic steroids, is on the rise.

According to the report, the most commonly abused prescription drugs include anti-depressants like Valium, narcotics like OxyContin, and anabolic-androgenic steroids like Anadrol.

What is more troubling about this trend, experts say, is that non-medical users of these drugs know little, if at all, about these compounds. Some people would practice taking random handful or medication (sometimes referred to as pharming) unaware or unmindful of the health risks, i.e. possible allergic reactions to these drugs or deleterious effects if these drugs are ingested with other substances such as alcohol.

It is also revealed that many of these users, both adolescents and adults, could become hooked to prescription drugs by accident. At the start, a person is prescribed medication for legitimate reasons; however, as the patient continues to take the medication, his/her body may become tolerant. As such, the dosage progressively increases for the medication to exert its therapeutic effect eventually leading to addiction.