July 18, 2011
USADA announced today that Matthew Brown of Idalou, Texas, an athlete in the sport of Paralympic track and field, has tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a suspension for his doping offense.
Brown, 35, tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol acid, a marijuana metabolite in the class of Cannabinoids, in a sample collected on June 17, 2011 at the 2011 U.S. Paralympic Track & Field National Championships in Miramar, Fla. Cannabinoids are prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) anti-doping rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the WADA Prohibited List. Cannabinoids are listed as Specified Substances because they could be susceptible to a credible non-doping explanation, and therefore use of those substances can result in a reduced sanction.
Brown accepted a three-month period of ineligibility, which began on July 12, 2011, the day he accepted the sanction. The period of ineligibility was suspended and reduced to time served, upon his successful completion of a USADA anti-doping educational program, which he completed on July 14, 2011.
As a result of the doping violation, Brown has been disqualified from all competitive results achieved at the 2011 U.S. Paralympic Track & Field Championships, where his sample was collected, through and including the date the doping education program was completed, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.
In an effort to aid athletes, as well as all 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, the agency manages a drug reference hotline, Drug Reference Online (www.GlobalDRO.com), conducts educational sessions with National Governing Bodies and their athletes, and proactively distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as the Prohibited List, easy-reference wallet cards, periodic newsletters, and protocol and policy reference documentation.
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.