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September 16, 1988

Issues of Drugs and Sports Gain Attention as Olympic Games Open in South Korea

JAMA. 1988;260(11):1513-1518. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03410110015005

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THE OLYMPIC GAMES open in Seoul, South Korea, tomorrow. With this and other recent events, the subjects of drug use by athletes and drug testing come to public attention again.

Recent developments make it likely that international agreement on drug testing and sanctions can be achieved, although the effect on athlete drug use may not be seen for some time. Meanwhile, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) says drug testing will continue despite a California court ruling that exempts Stanford University athletes from participating.

On another front, the experience of a group of Oregon medical students in trying to educate high school students about the dangers of anabolic steroids suggests that any educational effort needs to be carefully examined for its impact. With a new study showing that about 7% of male high school seniors have used anabolic steroids, it is obvious that chemical performance enhancement remains a serious subject