About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us

ACC Report Warns of an alarming Increasing Illicit Drug Abuse in Sports

by Bidita Debnath on May 21, 2013 at 8:16 AM
Font : A-A+

 ACC Report Warns of an alarming Increasing Illicit Drug Abuse in Sports

Illicit Drug Data Report 2011-12 of the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) has warned of an alarming increase in the use, seizure and arrests for illicit drugs in sports, especially in football.

The report revealed 76,000 seizures of cannabis, amphetamine-type substances, heroin, cocaine and other substances, together with 93,000 illicit-drug related arrests both of which have been the highest for the past decade, Sydney Morning Herald reports.


ACC chief executive John Lawler claimed that the illicit drug market is the chief source of profit for any form of organized crime, adding that criminals infiltrate sports clubs and gain information or compromise players in exchange for illicit drugs, using it to spot-fix matches and earn profits through gambling outlets in Australia and overseas.

Graham Ashton too warned of increasing drug abuse in the sports arena following Australian Football League's (AFL) announcement of a five-fold increase in the number of positive tests over a year by Australian Football League players for illicit substances.

Ashton claimed that illicit drugs as compared to the performance and image-enhancing drugs that involved Cronulla and Essendon players in a national scandal, has a greater potential to compromise the integrity of players and matches.

While cannabis has remained the dominant illicit drug in the Australian market over the past decade, cocaine and amphetamines are also used by footballers according to their choice.

The National Rugby League (NRL) which was the first Australian football code to centrally test for illicit substances, said that each club needs to conduct 70 tests on its NRL players and 70 tests on its National Youth Competition players, with two audits a year by representatives of the NRL and Players' Association.

An NRL spokesman confirmed that their policy will publicly identify players on a second offence and suspend them for 12 matches as he believes that there should be no tolerance for any illicit substances and teams need to focus on education and counseling as well as deterrents.

Source: ANI

News A-Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Health Benefits of Giloy
Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2021 - It's time to RISE
First-Ever Successful Pig-To-Human Kidney Transplantation
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Drug Toxicity Cannabis Drug Abuse Screening Test Drug Abuse Signature Drug Toxicity Drug Detox Recreational Drugs are not Completely Safe Impact of Drug Abuse on Health and Society Substance Abuse Disorder Drug Overdose 

Recommended Reading
Rally in Chennai to Fight Drug Abuse and Illegal Drug Trafficking
A rally to promote awareness on drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking was organized today in ......
Handle Drug Abuse As Public Health Issue, Conveys US Czar
On Monday, President Barack Obama's top adviser on drug policy appealed for greater importance on .....
Drug Abusers Turning to Heroin: Research
According to a recent research, many painkiller abusers are turning to heroin....
Cannabis has a long history of medicinal, recreational, and industrial use and comes from a bushy pl...
Drug Abuse
The use of Drugs for reasons other than its prescribed recommendation, is known as Drug abuse or sub...
Drug Detox
Drug detoxification (or drug detox) is a process that helps drug addicts to give up drugs with less ...
Drug Overdose
Drug overdose involves the intake of drug in excessive quantity than the recommended dose. It is due...
Drug Toxicity
Drug toxicity is an adverse reaction of the body towards a drug that results as a side effect of a d...
Impact of Drug Abuse on Health and Society
Drug abuse is a negative social trend that pushes youth to drug addiction in the pretext of getting ...
Recreational Drugs are not Completely Safe
Recreational drugs are commonly used in rave parties. Serotonin syndrome can occur in patients takin...
Substance Abuse Disorder
Substance abuse disorder is a dependency on substances that are hazardous when consumed in large ......

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use