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MLB releases annual report on drug program

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer
This is the face of a man who has been reading annual reports. (Getty Images)

To white-hot anticipation, MLB has released the annual report on its drug-testing program. Here's the official explanation of what all of this is ...

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association today released the annual public report from the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program's Independent Program Administrator. The Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program calls for a public report to be issued by December 1 of each year.

The accompanying report from the Independent Program Administrator, Jeffrey M. Anderson, M.D., covers the period from the beginning of the 2011-2012 off-season through the end of Major League Baseball's 2012 Postseason.
Now, in handy executive-summary format, here are the takeaways ...
  • Since the end of the 2011 season, MLB administered 3,955 urine tests and 1,181 blood tests.
  • Those tests yielded seven positives for performance-enhancing substances (i.e., anabolic steroids, testosterone or something similar) and 11 positives for banned stimulants (amphetamines or Adderall) that meet the discplinary threshhold.
  • Through the program, 119 therapeutic exemptions were granted, and 116 of those were for Attention Deficit Disorder.

What does the future hold? Most likely, expansion of the the program to include more frequent blood sampling and perhaps tests for human growth hormone. Also forthcoming will surely be more baseless complaints that MLB isn't doing enough.

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