drugs are badThe annual report from the joint drug agreement between MLB and the MLB Players Association is out, and there are no more steroids! Well, that is to say that, of the eight positive tests this year, all were for stimulants. That doesn’t include the players who were suspended for their connection to the Biogenesis clinic, and the evidence that those players had used PEDs.

More interestingly, there were 119 “therapeutic use” exemptions given to players who required medication for ADD, like Adderall. Extrapolating that over the entirety of MLB players, you would have to conclude that either MLB players are twice as likely as the rest of the population to suffer from ADD … or some players are taking advantage of the therapeutic use exemption (and some shady doctors) to use otherwise banned stimulants?

That 119 figure marks a slight increase from the 116 ADD-related exemptions last year, and continues a steady rise over the past several years.

I’m not about to cry foul just yet, but it remains something to watch.

  • Cubswin

    An adderall prescription is extrememly easy to get. I just got a presciption last year because I wanted them to help study.. I don’t actually have ADD. Pretty easy to just give the generic symptoms to the doctors. Adderall does help you play baseball IMO. I’m just on a semi-pro baseball team in Iowa and I take one before every game for how wired it gets you. Something to think about!

  • CM

    Get Castro a prescription asap!

    • Jeff

      Gosh, I think he might actually need it legitimately

  • waittilthisyear

    my thoughts on adderall;

    first and foremost, i can not believe they prescribe the stuff to kids. when i was in college, i was a 245 pound fullback. and lets just say i took advantage of the opportunity to experiment. the only time i used adderall for its purported use, my heart was pounding out of my chest for hours. i think every parent who wants their kids on it should first take it themselves.

    however, now that i am in law school, whenever i have a legal writing assignment due, i pop half an adderall and knock out a twenty page paper in 7 hours, barely even check bleachernation while im pounding keys.

    my final thought; i know a percentage of NFL players use viagra on gameday because it increases blood flow and blah blah blah. i have no problem with players using things that allows them to maximize what their body is capable of; i only have a problem when players use things that increases their bodies’ maximum capabilities.

    • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers

      ” i have no problem with players using things that allows them to maximize what their body is capable of; i only have a problem when players use things that increases their bodies’ maximum capabilities.”

      That implies there is a vivid and distinct difference between the two states. I doubt there is…even extending your “normal” abilities is actual ‘enhancing’ them, by not being able to achieve them in your normal state/duration of time.

      When you churn out 20 pages in 7 hours, was that within your God-given abilities?
      To be consistent, you should not have a problem. Or attempt to do it without the crutch of chemicals….

      Again, the question of making athletic endeavors “pure” or “natural” is flawed in a society where psych docs are “drug whores” for the big pharma companies that churn out items to maintain sales and revenues, creating “a drug looking for a market.”

      I also have more problems with the NFL not wanting to do everything to help players that sustained traumatic head or perm. disabilities while making their exciting product into the multi-billion organization it is, as it to lawsuits to get them to comply…

      Lastly, players are doing the same logic gymnastics you are. With far more financial implications…Nelson Cruz and Jhonny Peralta for examples.

      • waittilthisyear

        your first point is one i thought of, and i believe, at least in this case, there is a clear distinction . i agree that it is an important consideration. i mentioned my churning out of papers as a demonstration of its effectiveness, not to start a debate of suggest i am a hypocrite. your points are fair, although a bit smug and condescending for my taste

        • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers

          I wasn’t being condescending. If you thought that, I wasn’t.

          I am not trying to argue. But, just place some context on it based off the example you gave. We agree to disagree that it is ‘distinct’…because it all in the eye of the beholder. (Perceptions of what reality is.)

          Drug usage has been made into a huge problem, that’s all.
          The United States, in general, has done that to the tune of over 1T dollars in prevention that has not taken. Other nations have come up with alternative methods to address that situation, some with much better success, at much less costs.

          Again, not condescending. NEVER assume tone.

          Maybe it was a bit biting with the crutch of chemicals remark –
          But I appreciate your honest response. And, I am sorry if I made remarks that sounded smug and arrogant. My word choice could have been a bit better.

          Sh-t happens.

          • waittilthisyear

            fair enough JP, appreciate the candor. youre right, it is hard to deduce tone when reading words written by a stranger. i was probably a bit more sensitive than i had to be as well.

            look people, a healthy disagreement!!

            • Jason Powers

              Frame it for posterity…;)

    • Frank

      NFL players taking Viagra? It must be hard to move around the shower after a game.

      • Frank

        Sorry for the comment, I didn’t mean to “poke” fun at the NFL players.

  • J Wilson

    We medical docs call the psych docs who hand out adderall/psycho-stimulants/amphetamines like candy “drug whores.” That’s basically all they are. As opposed to the medical and surgical worlds, where high-powered studies have led to practice guidelines aka AUC (Appropriate Use Criteria), the psychiatric world has very few guidelines because the drugs are more like voodoo drugs…no studies because the outcomes (“patient well-being” or “improved focus”) are totally subjective as opposed to medical outcomes like “Blood Pressure under goal of 130/90” or “LDL (bad cholesterol) under 100”.

  • Roland

    JWilson no offense but there are plenty of medical doctors who are in the pockets of drug companies passing out drugs that will not work for that person or have limited success also. It is not just in that portion of the medical field. But I would agree if they need them they should have them.

    • J Wilson

      I know, it’s not just shrinks who make poor decisions, but at least there are guidelines based on trials in the medical arena. This is not true in psychiatry. ADD/ADHD is not even a disease in the minds of many medical professionals…it’s origination, along with numerous other so-called psychiatric diseases (restless leg syndrome, etc) is very new. ADHD used to be called “calm the F down, straighten up and fly right or I’ll smack you”.

  • http://www.bleachernation.com salesguy

    In other news, glaucoma rates spike in Colorado, and California, government puzzled, more at 11.

    • chirogerg

      Hey, in a month, we Coloradans don’t even “need” glaucoma

      • Carne Harris

        Aaaaaaand I’m off to couchsurfing.org

  • FarmerTanColin

    I have no issue with adderall or vivance or ritalin because you can get a similar effect from drinking large amounts of caffeine. Also anyone who has taken Adderall for an extended period of time knows that it has a definite hangover effect. It’s taxing on your body and makes you not want to eat so if a player takes it everyday or close to it he is going to also battle the negative effects. Maybe pitchers since they only go once or twice a week…does the report say if pitchers have a higher percentage of usage? That’d be pretty funny.

  • You got bats, we got Wood. Travis Wood.

    Honestly college students abuse aderral all the time. Obviously (!!!!) baseball players are using it for their advantage.

  • cubs2003

    This topic is interesting to me. It goes way beyond baseball. At what point does “medicine” just become “drugs”. I get the advantages one would receive on the baseball field, but I’m sure there are legitimate cases. Psych drugs seem like a last ditch effort, but what do I know? I’m not a doctor or anything, and I’ve never taken Adderall or any other stimulant besides caffeine and nicotine. It is tough to draw the line. Pretty much anyone can get a scrip for whatever legal drug they want if they try hard enough. That being said, I’m typing this while drinking a Bell’s Two Hearted Ale. I’m in no position to blame anyone, but it is interesting to think about the line between need and want.

    • Mikelach13

      Not always a last ditch effort … See Jonathan Gray #3 pick in 2013

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  • Funn Dave

    I’ll call foul. There’s no question in my mind that some players take advantage of ADHD medication to improve their performance.

  • Rich

    ADHD is a made-up completely subjective condition. There are no tests for it. No blood, urine, CT, MR, or X-ray….it is a joke. No kid should ever be on those meds – EVER. Proper diet, exercise and parental guidance goes a long way.

    Does the drug work? YES it is a drug it works and has terrible side effects. Does it work for ADHD? No.

    Baseball players are using it for an advantage.