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Thursday 23, Jul 2015

  ESL Responds To Doping Controversy

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The Electronic Sporting League has announced it will bring changes to its rules and policies after a competitor claimed that he competed under the influence of drugs in an esports tournament.

Professional gamer Kory Friesen admitted last week that he competed while on Adderall, an amphetamine that can enhance reaction time and cognition. Adderall is a prescription medication (Adderall is a Schedule II drug under the United Nation’s Convention on Psychotropic Substances) in the United States and a Class B drug under UK law. This amphetamine, also known as “Addy”, is medically prescribed for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy.

The professional Counter Strike: Global Offensive player, who played in tournaments with the Cloud9 team under the tag SEMPHIS, said his entire team made use of the psychostimulant during a major Electronic Sports League competition. The professional gamer had been competing at the ESL One Katowice event in March that had a prize pool of $250,000 (£160,000).

Electronic Sporting League, the organizing body of the ESL One Katowice tournament, reacted strongly to the statement by Friesen. Anna Rozwandowicz, head of communications at ESL, remarked the integrity of our sport is and always will be our biggest concern. Anna added we focused immediately on kick starting a policy-making process and adjusting the rules after hearing the comments of Friesen.

The ESL head of communications also said we have worked on some changes in our rules and reached out to authorities for support, and the ESL will announce its next steps in a few days. Rozwandowicz said the ESL rules forbid participating in the tournament while on drugs but the Electronic Sporting League do not have a list of repercussions that we can match to every incident in a straightforward manner. Anna added full blown drug tests at esports events are far away, but that doesn’t mean we cannot and should not try to tackle the issue.

Anna Rozwandowicz also said Friesen is an ex-Cloud9 player and he is not on the team anymore. Anna added Kory Friesen is not on the team anymore, nor is he involved with them in any other way, and he has been let go off due to his and team’s poor performance. These comments by Anna made some think that there are enough grounds to suspect Friesen who may want to cause trouble for his former team.

Rozwandowicz also said we have no way of knowing whether he is telling the truth, or just being upset about being removed from the team and trying to annoy them. The ESL head of communications also remarked we have had cases in the past where players admitted to cheating but then denied everything once they discovered they can get disqualified and banned for it. Rozwandowicz said we only have Friesen’s word for it and added we cannot punish him or the team in any way if we don’t have any proof. Anna also remarked the ESL is hoping to have a waterproof strategy for identifying performance enhancing drugs, testing for their presence and punishing players who were caught using any of the forbidden substances.

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Friday 02, Jan 2015

  Haloti Ngata Apologizes For Failed Test

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Haloti Ngata Apologizes For Failed Test

Etuini Haloti Ngata, the American football nose tackle and defensive end for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League, has rendered an apology to his teammates. On his arrival back this week, Ngata said he made a mistake and is happy that he can help the team with the playoff run.

Haloti Ngata missed the last four games on a suspension for violating the performance enhancing drugs‘ policy of the league. Ngata added he was hugely relieved that the Baltimore Ravens were able to qualify for the post season and he did not have to wait an entire offseason to return to the field. Ngata did not made it clear whether he would be applying for a theraputic use exemption for Adderall.

The suspension of Ngata cost him $2 million — or the equivalent of four game checks — and now the five-time Pro Bowl selection has one year remaining on the five-year, $61 million deal that he signed in September 2011.

The 30-year-old said his suspension was a result of testing positive for Adderall that is commonly used for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Ngata, one of the franchise’s model players on and off the field, said he felt that he let the team, coaches, teammates, and his family down because of the suspension. In his absence, the Baltimore Ravens went 3-1 by beating the Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Cleveland Browns, and losing to the Houston Texans.

Ngata returned to the team and practiced on Tuesday for the first time since December 3. Baltimore Ravens next plays the third-seeded and AFC North champion Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in an AFC wild-card game. He remarked his team has dealt with a lot of it and he just feel like he owes these guys, so he is going to do whatever he can to help the team and added he is definitely just ready to be out there again.

Baltimore Ravens’ coach John Harbaugh said it is great to have Ngata back in the team. Harbaugh also remarked Ngata is in good shape and his weight is good. The head coach added Ngata has been training really hard from what he told me, and he looks that way and he thinks Ngata is really appreciative of the opportunity to come back and make a little statement here in the postseason.

Defensive end Chris Canty said even when he wasn’t here, it was tough for Ngata. Canty also remarked we tried to be good teammates and we wanted to be there for him, knowing what he was dealing with, understanding how he was feeling being away from us and we just tried to hold down the fort. Canty also added Ngata was doing the same thing, he was always encouraging us, making sure we’re keeping on top of what we need to be doing. Outside linebacker Pernell McPhee said he knows Ngata is hungry and he has a point to prove. McPhee added he knows Ngata is going to come back playing phenomenal

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Thursday 01, Oct 2009

  Phony repairman stole drugs from pharmacy

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Phony repairman stole drugs from pharmacyJoshua Paul Fleetwood, 25, was arrested by authorities last Friday for accusations of attempted burglary, and drug possession.

According to police reports, the burglaries occurred in August with two incidents happening in Metairie and one in Kenner.

A man reportedly claiming as a repairman sent by the pharmacy’s head office entered the stores and requested access to safes.

As per state law, safes are used to store prescription drugs classified as controlled dangerous substances.

He then told pharmacy staff that he was there to conduct repairs or replace batteries in the safe doors.

Pharmacists would often notice missing drugs only after the repairman has left.

The latest burglary happened in a CVS at West Esplanade Ave in Metairie. Inventory count revealed missing bottles of oxycodone, Adderall and methadone. It is not known, however, if Fleetwood is involved in this case.

A search of Fleetwood’s residence revealed bottles of anabolic steroids possibly taken from the burglaries. Two counts of drug possession charges were added according to arrest reports.

He was temporarily released from the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center due to overcrowding. His bail was set at $260,000.

Fleetwood has previous criminal records at Jefferson Parish for possessions of heroin and hydrocodone.

Wednesday 01, Apr 2009

  Justin Gatlin on his way back to track field

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Justin Gatlin on his way back to track fieldAfter the humiliating tag of a steroid smacker, Justin Gatlin was on his track. Facing a four-year ban after testing positive for steroid in April 2006, the 27-year-old sprinter is currently in the midst of the ban.

He said, “The track is home and this is where I belong.” About his steroid controversy, Gatlin told that he didn’t use steroids knowingly. He claimed that positive test was the result of a massage done with a steroid cream. The same claim was originally made by Gatlin’s former coach, Trevor Graham, who said that the sprinter was pulled aside for a massage moments before visiting doping control at the Kansas Relays.

It is to be reminded that Gatlin didn’t fight the penalty from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in August of that year. Earlier, he faced an eight-year ban for testing positive at the University of Tennessee for amphetamines found in Adderall, an attention deficit disorder drug. But that ban was cut to four years because of his claim that the test occurred as a result of medicine he took for the disorder.

Whatever the reasons behind the whole episode, one thing happened and that was a long gap for Gatlin. His suspension ban will end in July 2010 and he just focusing on his return to the pinnacle of the track world.

Gatlin further added that he helped the federal BALCO investigation in late 2006, secretly taping phone calls with Graham and testifying against his trainer in 2007.

“And I just turned around and did that stuff,” he says. “If I used steroids, you think I would do that?”

Still, such excuses ring hollow with those in the track community.

Gatlin knows there is one way to change such perceptions: When his suspension ends in July 2010, he must return to the pinnacle of the track world. He knows he’ll be closely watched, tested frequently by USADA, eyed warily by competitors. But if he can run the blistering times of his youth, he believes he’ll validate his past claims of innocence and secure his track legacy.

Tuesday 27, May 2008

  What are Brain Steroids?

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brain_steroidsIf athletes have their performance-enhancing drugs, the office workers and students have their brain-enhancing drugs or the so-called brain steroids.

Yes, there are now such things as brain-enhancing drugs which are used by regular white-collar employees can work harder, longer, and better. They are also used by students to perform better in their academics. These are substances normally indicated for narcolepsy and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).

Users of brain steroids have two informal classifications of these substances – sleep-replacement compounds and focus drugs.

Caffeine and Provigil (modafinil), a drug used to treat narcolepsy, belong to the first group. Provigil was purposely developed to promote wakefulness in patients with sleep disorders.

Ritalin (methylphenidate), Adderall and Focalin are of the second group, which reportedly improves cognitive functions such as focus and memory.

Ritalin and Adderall are particularly popular among today’s students. And because of the rampant usage of these drugs, many steroids users – anabolic steroids users, to be more precise – question how it is different than the use of AAS in the athletics.

If the federal authorities are cracking down on amateur and pro level athletes who are using anabolic steroids, why not do the same to the pill-popping student populace? Is there really a big difference between a student using drugs to get better grades and an athlete using the same (well, basically the same) to get better points?

Brain steroids users, like their counterparts in the sporting field, also adapt self-experimentation when it comes to dosage protocols. Since the Food and Drug Administration is unlikely to approve these drugs other than for their clinical applications, brain steroids users will be on that self-experimentation stage for a while.

Although anabolic steroids use is not criminalized, selling or possessing them with intent to distribute is considered a criminal act under the federal law. Violations can mean fines or imprisonment.

Monday 10, Mar 2008

  The most popular drugs in universities today: Adderall / Marijuana / Alcohol

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David Rabie wrote this article, a university student.  He’s not expert on steroids, and of course his ignorance about steroids is vast, but he is a smart man and knows the real abusive drugs.  Adderall is quickly becoming the most abused drug on university campuses , just after Marijuana and Alcohol!  Steroids are NOT even on the list, no joke.  The top 5 drugs on university campuses are as follows:

1) Alcohol

2) Marijuana

3) Adderall

4) Cocaine

5) Ecstacy
Notice something?  Anabolic steroids aren’t  on the list, why is that? simply because  people just don’t use steroids! really, it’s true.  Only a TINY portion of americans use steroids and  almost all of them are educated, white collar  males in their 30s.  Anabolic steroids are used to help with their look and get them in shape in the local gym, NOT as “performance enhancers.”

I could delve into a psychological analysis as to why there has been such a proliferation of stimulant use in the 21st century, but I will concentrate on what I believe is a bigger problem: the use of certain prescription drugs by students without prescriptions. This has recently gone through the roof. The most popular drugs are amphetamines such as Adderall, which helps a person stay awake and focused. Students buy these innocuous-looking pills from other students who, rightfully or not, have a prescription entitling them to use the drugs.

The pills are cheap, the short-term side effects are minimal, and the effects are undeniable. In the frenzied pace of the University of California quarter system, where finals and midterms are everything, popping an “Addy” can be the quickest way to an A.

There are no punitive short-term side effects that would inhibit students from taking the pills without a prescription, and the nonchalance with which some take them is frightening. The effects are so beneficial that even if there were strong side effects, these might not deter students from taking the pills. America as a society has no idea how far-reaching the abuse of these pills is. They know that pills for attention-deficit disorder are over-prescribed, but they fail to realize that students abusing them without prescriptions is an equally serious problem.

Can Adderall in schools be discussed on the same plane as steroids in sports?

Steroids are a performance-enhancing drug; they give an unfair and illegal advantage to athletes who take them. What better way to describe Adderall than a performance-enhancing drug?

Neither Adderall nor steroids has been studied enough to safely say that long-term side effects are minimal.

I believe it is both illegal and unfair for students without a prescription to take these drugs. Students who do not take Adderall but still study for hours have a right to feel they are being cheated.

It’s time students and faculty alike realize that stimulant use among students has gotten out of hand. Adderall abuse is just the worst face of it. We are living in a world in which taking a caffeine pill is often easier than buying a cup of coffee and where consuming 24-ounce Rockstar energy drinks with 75 grams of sugar is considered the safer alternative to pill-popping. We need to publicize the problem and start doing something about it.