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Monday, December 2, 2013

High Rate of ADD with MLB Players

Major League Baseball has been in the headlines for performance enhancing drugs quite a bit over the last decade. Players have been questioned for taking human growth hormones (HGH), as well as steroids in order to give themselves an edge. Now, players are turning to stimulants at an alarming rate, drugs like Adderall (an amphetamine based attention deficit disorder [ADD] drug) have become popular.

The number of MLB players authorized to use drugs to treat ADD is increasing, the Los Angeles Times reports. 119 exemptions were given to players last season, granting them the ability to use ADD drugs - an all-time high.

What’s more, one in 10 players has been diagnosed with ADD, double the rate in the general population, according to the report. ADD medication exemptions have been on the rise since the MLB banned amphetamines in 2006. The league granted 28 players exemptions in 2006; by 2007 the number rose to 103.

In 2012, the MLB decided that the league could investigate a player’s need for ADD medication. Last year, seven players were disciplined for the use of Adderall without a prescription.

More than likely players are turning to ADD drugs to enhance their focus and increase their energy level for the game. It seems unlikely that baseball players are more prone than the general public to having ADD.
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