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Monday 05, Oct 2009

  Counselor frustrated on lack of interest in his message

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Counselor frustrated on lack of interest in his messageThe National Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by College Athletes said 75 percent of college athletes used some kind of painkiller medicine for sports-related injuries. And that was in 1991, before illicit online acquisition of drugs was a major problem.

Marcus Amos, an expert on painkiller, worries about college football players becoming addicted to prescription painkillers, and worse.

155 people or organizations have received funds from the NCAA’s Health and Safety Speakers Grant. There are experts on topics including steroid abuse, anger management, hazing, and date rape. However, according to the Georgia based counselor, steroids, and prescription painkillers are still rampant.

Finding an audience to listen to his educational talks is a real problem. Another problem are those who invite him to talk who thinks he will try to point the blame at individuals who would or do prescribe medication such as trainers and doctors.

Amos thinks that the abuse of prescription painkillers ranging from Vicodin and Percocet to the much more powerful OxyContin is expanding and is out of official control.

He is not particularly concerned about painkillers injected into college football players before, during, and after games, though he thinks, overuse might lead to a dependency on stronger painkillers.

Monday 30, Mar 2009


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STEROIDS USE SHOULD BE ALLOWED IF PROPOSAL TO ADD MORE GAMES TO NFL IS APPROVED  Athletes from professional sports like the NFL, NBA, MLB, and the NHL are providing our evening entertainment by playing on the court, on the field, or on the ice. It is reminiscent of the era of the gladiators in the Roman Empire when they are brought into the arena to kill each other. Nothing much has changed today. The NFL jocks, for example, may be consider the gladiators of the 21st century. They are big, muscular, weighing over 200 pounds, loaded with testosterone aggression and when they are out on the field to determined to “kill.”

With the huge following and excitement generated by one season of football and the millions – no, billions – of dollars it makes in revenue, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell proposed that 1 or 2 more games should be added to the NFL’s regular season. Kevin Van Valkenburg of the Baltimore Sun reacted to the proposal saying that the players should be given the freedom to use steroids, human growth hormones or even marijuana to deal with the pressure that comes with the game.

The NFL boasted that they conduct regular drug test and are able to monitor the use of performance enhancing drugs. But these efforts are useless because to meet the people’s expectations of making every game better than the last and to rake in more income the players would need to use the PEDs or at least some drug for the stress that their bodies and their minds are going through every season.

Tuesday 17, Feb 2009


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arizonae28099sImagine a young bodybuilder who desperately needs a constant supply of testosterone to help him with his workout. Instead of risking his neck dealing with the black market dealers, he decides to go to doctors A, B and C, each time telling them that he is having problems with, for example, his sexual drive and that he has been diagnosed with hypogonadism a few years back. His purpose— to get a prescription for hormone drugs from each doctor. Hardly believable? Maybe. Doable? Yes, and it has been happening all over the world not only to get steroids but also to acquire painkillers and other prescription drugs that are otherwise illegal. Fortunately, the state of Arizona has found a way to hopefully cut such doctor shopping ways. Last December, the state introduced a program making use of a centralized database that would contain patient information and prescriptions of members of the community. This database can only be viewed by doctors and physicians so that they will be able to see if there are suspicious activities among the patients.

The program is not yet perfect though. A major concern is the possible breach in privacy rights of the patients amidst the state saying that the benefit is much greater. While any access to the database would be limited to certain individuals and would even be recorded, the public is worried about hackers and corrupt health workers getting private patient information.

Thursday 25, Dec 2008

  Deceased MMA fighter Justin Levens was addicted to painkillers not steroids

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levens-steroidsUFC mixed martial arts fighter Justin Levens was found dead along with his wife in their Laguna Niguel condominium in California. Authorities believed it was a case of murder-suicide although investigation is still ongoing to determine exactly the nature of the crime.

“Nothing has been ruled out,” said Orange Country Sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino.

The bodies of Levens, 28 and his wife Sara McLean-Levens, 25, were discovered around 2:30 pm Wednesday by the mother of McLean-Levens, saying she got worried when she had not heard from her daughter for five days. When she saw the bodies, the woman dialed 911 for help. The bodies were believed to be in the home for at least a few days.

Orange County Superior Court records indicated that Levens was convicted in 2003 of spousal injury.

His last fight was scheduled July this year, but he was banned before the fight for testing positive for oxymorphone, an opioid analgesic.

This case has spawned suspicions that the crime was caused by roid rage, a term used to refer to aggressive and violent behavior of anabolic steroid users. However, there has been no concrete indication that Levens was abusing steroids.

According to the report of LA Times, no suicide note was found but authorities recovered a handgun at the scene. Police also found huge amounts of pain killers and anti-depressants at the condo but not anabolic steroids.

It has been compared with the Chris Benoit double murder-suicide which was alleged to have been caused also by roid rage. However, people who are involved in the case, including Benoit’s father, linked the wrestler’s murderous behavior to dementia which was believed to be caused by repetitive head concussions