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The “Whizzinator” and Drug Masking Devices

Minnesota airport security caught Viking running back Onterrio Smith with a device called the Whizzinator, along with white powder reported to be dehydrated urine. The device, which comes in five skin tones, is marketed as “an easy to conceal, easy to use urinating device with a very realistic prosthetic penis. The ready availability of the…

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Heavyweight Boxer Tests Positive

James Toney was stripped of the World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight title for a positive steroid test following his victory over John Ruiz on April 30, 2005. Ruiz was reinstated as the champion. Toney maintained his innocence but declined to challenge the test result. His promoter blamed a legal cortisone-based product which Toney took to…

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Jackie Speier Bills Criticized

Editor in Chief Jim Schmaltz of Physical Magazine offers his take on the efforts of California state senator Jakie Speier to curb teen steroid abuse without properly differentiating steroids from dietary supplements: Miss Informed BY Jim Schmaltz, Editor in Chief, Physical Magazine Meet Jackie Speier. Smart woman. Courageous, too. She survived multiple gun-shot wounds as…

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Steroids and Sports? Yes! An Interview with Norm Fost, MD

By the time the torch was extinguished and the dust of Athens had settled at the end of the summer Olympics, a total of 24 athletes had been thrown out of the Games for cheating by the use of performance-enhancing drugs, double the previous record of 12 from the Los Angeles Games in 1984. And…

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“Pumped-Up Hysteria” over Steroids

Freelance sportswriter Dayn Perry tries to separate steroid fact from fiction in this 2003 article in Reason magazine. Similarly, Joan Ryan of the San Francisco Chronicle asks, “Why is there such reefer-madness hysteria about steroids?” in a piece entitled, “Let’s Get Real about Sports and Steroids.”

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Steroid Testimony Before U.S. Sentencing Commission

On April 12, 2005, testimony was taken before the United States Sentencing Commission as to whether federal anabolic steroid offenses should be treated with stiffer punishments, such as by changing the way steroid quantities are calculated. Rick Collins submitted written testimony, as well as more extensive oral testimony on a variety of additional points. The…

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New Steroid Testing Bill

WASHINGTON, APRIL 26, 2005 – Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), Chairman of the Commerce, Trade & Consumer Protection Subcommittee, today outlined his new bill entitled the Drug Free Sports Act. In a press release yesterday, he stated that young athletes emulate their role models in professional sports, including steroid usage, and called for stronger anti-doping standards…

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Steroids and Steroid Precursors in College Sports

The Response to the “Pills in the Locker” by Sports Bodies and Congress by Rick Collins, Esq. Anabolic Steroid Precursors and the NCAA Most professional and amateur competitive sports have banned anabolic steroids since the 1980s. Among the substances banned in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) list of banned-drug classes are “anabolic agents.” [Bylaw…

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DEA Announces Operation “Cyber Chase”

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator Karen P. Tandy today announced the results of Operation “Cyber Chase”, a year-long Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation that targeted international Internet pharmaceutical traffickers operating in the United States, India, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. These e-traffickers distributed drugs world-wide using “rogue” Internet pharmacies. Over the past…

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If Steroids are Cheating, why isn’t LASIK

A provocative essay by William Saletan appears at Slate.com, raising the question of why improved performance through hormones is considered cheating while improved performance through ocular surgery is not. The author suggests that LASIK surgery may be enhancing, rather than merely corrective, in athletes. He further suugests an irony in the fact that Rep. Tom…