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?
Protecting clean athletes’ rights by detecting and deterring the use of dangerous, banned performance-enhancing substances and methods is at the core of what USADA does.
Athletes under USADA’s jurisdiction are prohibited from using the substances and methods found on the WADA Prohibited List and are responsible for what is in their bodies at all times.
USADA is here to help athletes understand their responsibilities regarding prohibited substances and methods, providing numerous drug reference resources to make things as simple as possible for athletes and their support personnel.