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July 27, 1984

Causes and Remedies for Drug Misuse and Abuse by Athletes

Author Affiliations

From The Physician and Sportsmedicine, Minneapolis.

JAMA. 1984;252(4):517-519. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350040047021

PERSONS seriously interested in the misuse and abuse of drugs by athletes may see it as primarily a social problem, as a medical problem, as a legal problem, as part of a struggle for control among sports governing bodies, as a potential problem, or as a combination of all of these. The current renewal of the Olympic Games, where it has become a critical issue, has heightened public and professional interest in this subject and resulted in the promulgation of stricter guidelines for the testing and possible disqualification of athletes, but this has not developed solutions that are satisfactory to everyone, or created a consensus as to whether solutions are necessary, or if so, what their nature should be.

Drug misuse and abuse are neither new nor unique to this culture. Both are constant with cyclical variations and exacerbations owing to particular circumstances, such as the widespread indulgence in gin