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Three Things to Know about TUEs

It’s to be expected that athletes may experience medical conditions over the course of their sport careers, which may require that they use a medication or receive medical treatment. If the substance or method prescribed to treat that medical condition is prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), athletes can apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE), and if granted, obtain permission to use a prohibited substance or method for a specified time period.


Tramadol: Why Some Athletes and Anti-Doping Experts Want It Banned

The opioid epidemic in the United States and around the world is not a secret, but how much do people really know about the abuse of prescription drugs in sport? Are they aware of how often seemingly innocent prescriptions for oxycodone or tramadol can turn into full-blown addictions? That the addiction can lead to an overdose and death? That it can happen to anyone, even athletes? Especially athletes?

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Substance Profile: What Athletes Need to Know about Clomiphene

As a part of competitive sport, many elite athletes must comply with the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List, strict global standards that prohibit the use of certain substances and methods that can enhance performance and cause negative health effects. The WADA Prohibited List helps ensure that athletes can compete on a level playing field anywhere in the world.
To help athletes comply with the List, USADA provides a wide range of resources, including substance profiles, which include important information on high-risk substances like clomiphene.

Screen Your Dietary Supplements

Popular Prohibited Substances Commonly Contained in Dietary Supplements If you’re thinking about using dietary supplements, it’s important to remember that supplements are regulated in a post-market manner. This means that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not analyze the safety, efficacy, or label accuracy of supplements before they are sold to consumers. No organization,…

Substance Profile: Kratom

Historically, agricultural workers in southeast Asia chewed Kratom leaves to increase work output and offset fatigue. Since those days, Kratom – known scientifically as Mitragynine speciosa – has also been used as a substitute for opium, and as a way to manage the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Because of its demonstrated opioid activity, mitragynine is…

Voices of the 2016 Science Symposium

At the USADA Annual Symposium on Anti-Doping Science, scientists and researchers from around the world will gather in Bellevue, Washington, to explore the theme, “Recovery, Repair, and Regeneration: From Steroids to Stem Cells.” The Symposium is on the first weekend of October and unites leading experts from a wide range of scientific fields in a collaborative effort to develop impactful anti-doping research programs for the future.