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September 1, 1989

Drug Testing of Athletes: Test the Team's Pooled Urine-Reply

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Chicago, Ill

Chicago, Ill

JAMA. 1989;262(9):1183. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03430090045013

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Abstract

In Reply. —  The suggestion by Dr Dixon is one of the more novel for handling drug testing, but it does have the merit of placing the responsibility for drugfree sports on the teams. Teams will make serious efforts to stop drug use when they believe it is in their best interest to do so. With the emphasis always on winning, and the financial rewards so great, it is not hard to see why many teams believe that using performance-enhancing drugs is in their best interest. The restoration of a sense of ethics would go a long way toward more truly sportsmanlike behavior in both individual and team sports.

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