Banned Performance-Enhancing Substances

In spring of 2006, the legislature passed a law requiring the Office of Substance Abuse to identify dietary supplements from the NCAA banned substances list. 

Student athletes in Maine schools are prohibited from utilizing these supplements and schools are required to add them to their athletic policies as banned substances.

There has been a great deal of press on professional athlete’s use of performance
-enhancing drugs.  Many athletes may attempt to enhance their performance by taking stimulants or steroids or steroid precursors. While performance may be improved in the short term, many of these drugs and supplements have long term negative effects and some may even cause dependency.  We encourage all coaches and school personnel to become knowledgeable about the use and abuse of these compounds.

National Collegiate Athletic Association Banned Substances List

This list includes performance-enhancing substances that are or have been marketed as supplements as opposed to drugs. These products may be legal to purchase, but under state law enacted as of 8/22/06 are considered banned substances for student athletes in Maine.

To access the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) website on drug testing, go to:

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Anabolic Steroids are human-made substances related to male sex hormones. Some athletes abuse anabolic steroids to enhance performance. Abuse of anabolic steroids can lead to serious health problems, some of which are irreversible.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse:

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency

Steroid information for Teens

NIDA for TEENS: Anabolic Steroids

Tips for Teens on Steroids

Information on Drugs, Herbs and Supplements from MedlinePlus
A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health providing information on prescription and over-the-counter medicines, herbs and supplement.

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