USADA announced today that Jeff Prusmack, 40, of Mountain View, Calif., an athlete in the sport of weightlifting, has accepted a four-year suspension for an anti-doping rule violation involving his possession and use or attempted use of multiple prohibited substances.
In addition to education and testing, robust anti-doping programs enable investigations stemming from various sources, including tips (Play Clean Tip Line) and whistleblowers. USADA investigations can reveal evidence about the actions of coaches, athletes, and support personnel who have engaged in, instigated, facilitated, or encouraged doping.
This type of non-analytical information led USADA to discover that Prusmack made five online purchases of products containing prohibited substances between July 19, 2015 and December 14, 2015. The products that Prusmack purchased contained the anabolic steroids nandrolone decanoate, Sustanon (mixed testosterone esters), Dianabol (metandienone), Anavar (oxandrolone), and mesterolone, and were shipped to Prusmack’s home in California.
Each of the substances that Prusmack purchased is a Non-Specified Substance in the class of Anabolic Agents and is prohibited at all times under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee National Anti-Doping Policy, and the International Weightlifting Federation Anti-Doping Policy, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.
Prusmack’s four-year period of ineligibility began on June 19, 2020, the date he accepted a sanction. In addition, Prusmack has been disqualified from competitive results obtained on and subsequent to July 19, 2015, the date on which he first purchased prohibited substances, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.
In an effort to aid athletes, as well as support team members such as parents and coaches, in understanding the rules applicable to them, USADA provides comprehensive instruction on its website on the testing process and prohibited substances, how to obtain permission to use a necessary medication, and the risks and dangers of taking supplements, as well as performance-enhancing and recreational drugs.
In addition, USADA manages a drug reference hotline, Global Drug Reference Online (www.GlobalDRO.com), conducts educational sessions with National Governing Bodies and their athletes, and distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as an easy-reference wallet card with examples of prohibited and permitted substances, a supplement guide, a nutrition guide, an athlete handbook, and periodic alerts and advisories.
Along with education and testing, robust anti-doping programs enable investigations stemming from tips and whistleblowers. USADA makes available a number of ways to report the abuse of performance-enhancing drugs in sport in an effort to protect clean athletes and promote clean competition. Any tip can be reported using the USADA Play Clean Tip Center, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 1-877-Play Clean (1-877-752-9253) or by mail.
USADA is responsible for the testing and results management process for athletes in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement and is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.
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