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Addiction Help for Baseball Players is Right Around the Corner

Last year the number of major league baseball players testing positive for ADD was 28. This year it’s 103. Why the big change? According to Dr. Gary Wadler, chairman of the committee that determines banned substances for the World Anti-Doping Agency, it could be a ploy to get a “Therapeutic Use Exemption” for taking performance-enhancing stimulants. It could also forecast addiction and an increased need for addiction help for baseball players.

In 2006, amphetamines were banned. What does that have to do with ADD? The most commonly prescribed drugs for ADD are Ritalin and Adderall – both of which are compared to cocaine by the U.S. government. They are definitely stimulants, but they are not considered to be performance enhancing.

That alone is absurd  – how could anyone in baseball think that Ritalin and Adderall are not performance enhancing?

And they’re dangerous. Just like cocaine and many other street drugs. Both, if taken long enough, will minimally require drug detox to get off and 10 or 20 of  these players will end up needing addiction help and have to go into treatment.

And what about prescription painkillers: are they less harmful if taken for a long period of time? Not on your life. But it’s probably not a big deal if it means you can sign a $5 million contract. Stimulants and painkillers would be performance enhancing if you can’t play without them.

Steroids may be a problem in sports, but prescription drugs are an even bigger problem. And the epidemic is apparently is alive and flourishing in professional baseball. Get the addiction help services you need if you are having a problem with prescription drugs.

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