NAIA Welcoming Drug testing Program

Niza Metoyer
Arts and Entertainment Editor

NAIA will be testing for drugs coming the 2017-2018 season. Although reports initially state drug tests would include street drugs the finalized report starts that NAIA will only be testing for performance enhancing drugs going into next year’s national championships.
The new rules will include mandatory drug education for athletes and drug testing going into the national championships. The drug test will be administered to a random group of 40-50 athletes. In order to become eligible for the athletic season athletes will be required to attend the drug education courses.
Banned substances include: Stimulants, anabolic agents, diuretics, peptide hormones and analogues, anti-estrogens, and beta-2 agonists. NAIA banned substances that fall into these categories currently include but are not limited to: Adderall, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, water pills, growth hormones, and caffeine (guarana).
Substances that are chemically related to any of the above examples are also considered banned.
“If you qualify for national championships and moves on probably towards the finals they are going to pick random athletes and test for performance enhancing drugs only.” John Turek, Athletic Director said, “It’s not going to be street drugs right now, there is a lot of push back on that. A lot of the athletic directors in the country feel like we have a bigger problem with street drugs than performance enhancing drugs. This is something that got pushed through the legislation a couple years ago it took them a while to get the program running.”
The random drug tests give athletes another reason to say no. The testing will begin starting next season following entrance into national championships.