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Drugs of Abuse Resources

In the 1960s a large number of people embraced drugs like marijuana, amphetamines and psychedelics.  In 1973, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration was created to enforce federal drug laws.  Cocaine made a huge re-entrance onto American soil during the 1970s and held many Americans with in its grasp. Crack cocaine would follow some years later and show how detrimental drug abuse could be to our country.

Drugs of AbuseRecreational and street drugs, as well as prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs, can all be used and abused by athletes and/or individuals in society.  Steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs have been and continue to be abused.  So what drug classes are abused and why?

  • Narcotics
  • Stimulants
  • Depressants
  • Cannibis
  • Hallucinogens
  • Inhalants
  • Steroids

Which of these drugs is being abused the most, and why?  What are the side effects, short term and long term?  What is banned or prohibited by my organization or the organization that I would like to become part of? 

Drug Free Sport's Resource Exchange CenterGet Answers in the REC

Drug Free Sport's Resource Exchange Center (REC) is a subscription-based service that exists to provide up-to-date, confidential information, interactive tools and educational materials to empower athletes to make healthy and responsible decisions.

REC membership grants you access to a comprehensive database of information on drugs of abuse and how they relate to you. The REC also provides information on the following:

  • Anabolic Steroids
  • Ergonomic Aids:  EPO, Diuretics, Central Nervous System stimulants
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Over-the-Counter Drugs

If you are an athlete, parent, coach, athletic trainer or sports program administrator looking for more information on drugs of abuse, click here to learn about REC membership.



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