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Adderall, diuretics could slide from PED policy to substance-abuse policy

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As the NFL and the NFLPA work toward overhauling the PED policy and the substance-abuse policy, bits and pieces are tricking out with no specific agenda or organization.

The latest comes from the most recent decision of NFL senior vice president of labor policy and government affairs Adolpho Birch to go on the record, in a conversation with Tom Pelissero of USA Today.  Birch discloses that stimulants like Adderall (i.e., amphetamines) and diuretics could slide from the policy regarding steroids and related substances to the substance-abuse policy.

“What we would do is reflect the understanding that those types of substances have both a performance-enhancing kind of component, but also a recreational [use] component,” Birch said.  “A positive test in the offseason might be treated differently than a positive test during the season, because one suggests no competitive issue and one does.”

It’s a significant change.  Currently, one positive Adderall tests results in a four-game suspension.  If Adderall moves to the substance-abuse policy, multiple violations would have to occur before the player is prevented from playing.

The process of working out new drug policies continues to be clogged by a dispute over whether the Commissioner will retain exclusive control over the appeal process involving PED violations arising from something other than a positive test.  The league already has agreed to use a third-party arbitrator for all positive PED tests, from steroids to HGH and other performance-enhancing substances.

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47 Responses to “Adderall, diuretics could slide from PED policy to substance-abuse policy”
  1. maddog111 says: Aug 27, 2013 1:03 PM

    I can possibly see it for Adderall, but diuretics are obviously just being taken as masking agents.

  2. chiadam says: Aug 27, 2013 1:05 PM

    DIUETICS

    by

    L. Ron Hubbard

  3. icdogg says: Aug 27, 2013 1:06 PM

    Sounds logical.

  4. whereyaat says: Aug 27, 2013 1:07 PM

    As the NFL and the NFLPA work toward overhauling the PED policy and the substance-abuse policy, bits and pieces are tricking out with no specific agenda or organization.
    ============

    I’m sure it will be very “tricked out.”

  5. socatra says: Aug 27, 2013 1:07 PM

    Cheer Seahawks fans.

  6. skoobyfl says: Aug 27, 2013 1:08 PM

    Adderall should be permitted for use because it treats mental conditions, which as we have seen could have many of the players think clearly.

  7. mrlaloosh says: Aug 27, 2013 1:08 PM

    If these morons think that amphetamines aren’t a PED then they are idiots.
    I know for a FACT they are.

  8. tedmurph says: Aug 27, 2013 1:09 PM

    Treating a positive test in the off season differently than during the season makes sense, but how can a stimulant available by prescription only, not be considered performance enhancing?. Unless it’s actually prescribed for ADHD and the league is informed.

  9. whatjusthapped says: Aug 27, 2013 1:10 PM

    The PEDhawks are waiting with bated breath.

  10. footballradioshow says: Aug 27, 2013 1:10 PM

    Adderall is a banned substance unless you have a prescription for it. Um…ok

  11. gettingpwned says: Aug 27, 2013 1:10 PM

    Aren’t diuretics a masking agent for steroids? (As well as used by some guys to make weight)

  12. g35phin says: Aug 27, 2013 1:10 PM

    Top 5 abused substances in the NFL:

    1)HGH
    2)Test
    3)Alcohol
    4)Marijuana
    5)Santana Moss

    IN THAT ORDER!!!

  13. swagger52 says: Aug 27, 2013 1:12 PM

    If anybody deserves Adderall it is Pete Carroll. That guy makes me nervous just watching him.

  14. tonyugoh says: Aug 27, 2013 1:17 PM

    As someone who has admittedly used Adderall for unprescribed use, it absolutely is a PED. That said, I think this is appropriate just cause adderall abuse is a problem that extends beyond football and is a growing problem among the nation’s youth.

  15. wilsonwillbreaku says: Aug 27, 2013 1:17 PM

    asinine seadderall comment in 3…2…1…

  16. jimmyt says: Aug 27, 2013 1:18 PM

    Bet that would make the SeAdderall Seahawks and their 12th woman happy.

  17. Iknoweverything says: Aug 27, 2013 1:22 PM

    I think its finally clear to all now…….except for the simpletons and haters, that Adderall is not a PED but rather a recreational drug much like weed.
    Seattle players do not cheat, they may like to get high, but do not use PEDs to gain advantage.

    simpletons and haters need to turn their attention to the teams that DO try to gain advantage by abusing the PEDS…….like the FortyWHiners and Denver.

    Harbaugh knows they cant outcoach, outtalent, or outplay the Seahawks over the next decade so they have to use alternative methods to try and keep up.
    It’s even becoming more clear each day that Harbaugh kept the wrong QB.
    Kansas City and Seattle are laughing at the WHiners on the way to the playoffs, while SF will settle for their fluke season last year

  18. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 27, 2013 1:24 PM

    maddog111 says:

    I can possibly see it for Adderall
    _____________________

    Absolutely not. Its speed dude. It provides increased energy and increased mental focus.

    Pretty much the definition of performance enhancing.

  19. Iknoweverything says: Aug 27, 2013 1:25 PM

    Very funny that someone would say “asinine seadderall comment” when they themself just made that very asinine comment!!!!!!
    Seriously!!

    somebody needs to get some new material

  20. returntoexcellence says: Aug 27, 2013 1:30 PM

    Why complicate these things? If it’s against policy then it’s against policy. Call it whatever you want but both are violations. No need to split hairs…

  21. qmizzle says: Aug 27, 2013 1:32 PM

    I think this could be a dry run for teams that play in States where Marijuana is legal for personal use. Besides that good read.

  22. clivus63 says: Aug 27, 2013 1:34 PM

    When it comes to the NFL…Test and HGH should be over the counter.
    Do not underestimate how widespread the usage of these two substances are.

  23. frogkiller777 says: Aug 27, 2013 1:41 PM

    jimmyt says: Aug 27, 2013 1:18 PM

    Bet that would make the SeAdderall Seahawks and their 12th woman happy.

    adderall and 12 women would make me happy

  24. HitsDingers says: Aug 27, 2013 1:41 PM

    Mrlaloosh says: If these morons think that amphetamines aren’t a PED then they are idiots.
    I know for a FACT they are.

    By this logic, air and water are also PEDs, let alone Lasik eye surgery. I think you’re missing the point of the conversation.

  25. cobrala2 says: Aug 27, 2013 1:43 PM

    Not trying to be rude, just matter-of-fact:

    Only the uninformed would believe Adderall is not Performance-Enhancing. It calms nervousness and enhances focus. Place Kickers and Receivers especially benefit.

    The NFL is trying to increase points per game by letting it slide. Shame on those hypocrites.

  26. thenew013 says: Aug 27, 2013 1:51 PM

    “A positive test in the offseason might be treated differently than a positive test during the season, because one suggests no competitive issue and one does.” Well if they are training in the off season and they are high off adderall wouldn’t that still be performance enhancing?

  27. kingpel says: Aug 27, 2013 1:51 PM

    The SeAdderall Seahawks. That’s an all time classic right there.

  28. rt61 says: Aug 27, 2013 2:07 PM

    Adderall = diuretic
    Duiretic = masking agent

    It’s naive to think Adderall isn’t used for the same reasons during the offseason

  29. swaggyy says: Aug 27, 2013 2:15 PM

    Yeah keep making sea hawk jokes. If you only knew how many guys on your favorite team probably have a prescription for it making it perfectly legal. We will have the last laugh after we dominate the NFL and run away with the super bowl this year

  30. bengalguy says: Aug 27, 2013 2:16 PM

    Seahag fans rejoice!!!

  31. jimmyt says: Aug 27, 2013 2:17 PM

    Iknoweverything, you need to change your name “Iknowsomethings”. Yes, the Niners season was a fluke but so was the Hawks and yes SeAdderall and Carroll cheat every chance thay get. Thankfully this will be Sneaky Pete’s last stop.

  32. tokyosandblister says: Aug 27, 2013 2:25 PM

    Seahawks players rejoice!

  33. TeamBalco says: Aug 27, 2013 2:27 PM

    My Team is stronger than Ever!

  34. bobhk says: Aug 27, 2013 2:37 PM

    @Iknoweverything

    you may be a 5 year old. Look at the meaning of asinine. @wilsonwillbreaku sounds like a hawk fan.

    BTW, no one knows what the Cheat Pete’s squad took. It may be adderall or it might be HGH. NFL does not reveal.

    The only hawk guys I respect are Wilson and Schneider.

  35. dexterismyhero says: Aug 27, 2013 2:44 PM

    @seadderallswaggyy says:Aug 27, 2013 2:15 PM

    Yeah keep making sea hawk jokes. If you only knew how many guys on your favorite team probably have a prescription for it making it perfectly legal. We will have the last laugh after we dominate the NFL and run away with the super bowl this year
    ==================================
    Are you a standup comic? That last point was a great 1 liner!!!

  36. kacapaco says: Aug 27, 2013 2:54 PM

    I know the money-driven NFL doesn’t want to hurt the core of its business –tough athletes who also execute their assignment– and present itself as morally clean league. Football demands physical toughness and mental concentration and memory.
    Adderall is a controlled artificial stimulant that busts athletes concentration. its gives him unnatural competitive advantage. That is a cheat.
    Also, diuretics are going to be used to mask forbidden agents. No other use for them by an athlete. To allow them is, to let athletes try to cheat the testing.
    All in all, there is a reason the money-free WADA and Olympics committee have forbidden these agents and yet the NFL and NFLPA are letting them loose. MONEY, MONEY and MONEY.

  37. azjohnny says: Aug 27, 2013 2:59 PM

    You can get the same effect with a quad shot latte from Starbucks as you would from a dose of Adderall. Next thing you will see Caffeine as a banned substance

  38. logicaldawg says: Aug 27, 2013 3:04 PM

    How about letting codeine slide as well so we can get Josh Gordon back for week 1? He took it for strep throat for pete’s sake.

  39. wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says: Aug 27, 2013 3:12 PM

    How about off the list all together? Neither give athletes a competitive edge on the field and if legally obtained, the NFL shouldn’t make it their place to police their employees where it isn’t necessary. It’s not necessary to suspend players. Marijuana and recreational drugs I do understand because it violates federal law and these men need to be role models.

    Diuretics purchased legally over the counter shouldn’t be looked for. Adderall in a league full of players (over)diagnosed as kids with ADD/learning disabilities shouldn’t be looked for. Neither one of these ruin the league’s reputation.

  40. mrlaloosh says: Aug 27, 2013 3:18 PM

    No HitsDingers, you are missing the point. Adderall is an amphetamine. A highly addictive stimulant. You need air and water to live. Not Adderall. Why do you think the US military give amphetamines to fighter pilots? Because of the effect it has on their speed of thought and decision making. That is a fact.

  41. whysomanylosers says: Aug 27, 2013 3:34 PM

    OK, now that that really important stuff is handled can the NFL do something about the DUIs, rapes and murders?

  42. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 27, 2013 3:34 PM

    I’m not a big fan of these PED policies. They fairly arbitrarily draw a line on what substances are “Performance Enhancing” and what aren’t.

    To me, a performance enhancer is ANY substance, or device that enhances your ability above and beyond the ability you were born with.

    That includes, eyeglasses, gatorade, creatine, pre packaged supplements, knee braces, receiver’s gloves, and countless other legal substances and devices.

    So why a miracle substance like HGH is banned and Creatine is not is beyond me. Two different avenues to the same destination.

    I understand the problems with having bigger stronger faster athletes brings but I’ve never been a fan of artificially slowing progress for the sake of fear. We’re a fairly adaptable species and I have every confidence that we would adapt rules, equipment, and procedures to fit.

    Just my $0.02.

  43. granadafan says: Aug 27, 2013 3:48 PM

    You SeAdderall Seahawks better keep taking your favorite drug because I have your defense on my fantasy team.

  44. firstroyal says: Aug 27, 2013 4:29 PM

    mrlaloosh says:Aug 27, 2013 1:08 PM

    If these morons think that amphetamines aren’t a PED then they are idiots.
    I know for a FACT they are.
    —————————————–
    Thats a shortsited comment. They are for those that do not need it, for others its the only way to survive in the world. I am prescribed 20 mgs, and not once was it ever a PED. In most cases it makes me tired. But without it I am trying to figure out the meaning of life while I am holding a conversation and working on a changing my oil- all of which I fail at miserably.

    With it I actually sound like like I can communicate.

  45. ratsfoiledagain says: Aug 27, 2013 5:12 PM

    All those busting on the seahawks…..you’d probably be surprised by how many players on your team is taking the drug.

  46. frank433 says: Aug 27, 2013 6:12 PM

    I wonder if the NFL is pushing for the change to a substance of abuse instead of a PED so that when a player fails a drug test for a PED they can’t just claim it was for adderall. The NFL can’t say what the test was for and now, with this change, a player won’t be able to fail a test for a PED and just claim Adderall usage.

  47. naturaladderallalternatives says: Oct 21, 2013 12:37 PM

    How does this effect how the athlete is treated? Is he now put in rehab and before they were not?

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