Tox Tuesday: Banned substance tested for in both athletes and meat

Clenbuterol is a decongestant and bronchodilator that is well known as a performance-enhancing drug, but is also hot on the black market for a different purpose: fattening up farm animals before slaughter.

One famous Mexican boxer recently tested positive for the banned substance, but claims that he didn’t intentionally take the performance-enhancing drug — rather, […]

Tox Tuesday: a history of Olympic doping

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Tetrahydrogestrinone. Androstenedione. Methylhexanamine. Erythropoietin. Hydrochlorothiazide. These are just some of the performance-enhancing substances athletes use here in the 21st century, and just some of what officials will test for during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. However, just because these drugs are modern inventions doesn’t mean that doping […]

Tox Tuesday: Doping and the 2018 Winter Olympics

The 2018 Winter Olympics will be underway next month, beginning February 9 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. And as with every set of Olympic Games, curbing illegal doping is a top concern for organizers.

Already, Russia has been banned from participating in the games after an International Olympic Committee investigation into prolonged doping over the years. […]

Tox Tuesday: Dermorphin

It’s no secret that issues of illegal drug use have been a continuing problem in the horse racing industry. Dating back centuries, a number of different performance-enhancing drugs have been discovered, and eventually banned, that have allowed horses to run faster, heal quicker and ease the pain of injuries along the way. However, these drugs […]

Tox Thursday: High school drug testing

Drug testing high school students before they are allowed to participate in school-sponsored athletics or other extracurricular activities has been a hot issue dating back to 1995 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against student privacy and upheld the constitutionality of drug testing student athletes. The court upheld the ruling again in 2002, and by […]