The updated drug policy takes a treatment-based approach, not a punitive one, as players are disciplined only if they violate a mandatory treatment program after a positive test. So far, minor leaguers have been tested for drugs like marijuana and have been suspended for positive tests. Tony Clark, Executive Director of MLBPA, said: “Players overwhelmingly support the expansion of our therapeutic system for opioid drug testing and want to play a leadership role in helping to solve this national epidemic.” Another big change in policy, since those who found having distributed performance enhancing drugs received only two blows, with a first offense that would have suspended a player for half a season, and life imprisonment for a second injury. HPAC immediately notifies the player and club of the positive results of drug testing. Dan Halem, MLB`s deputy vice president and chief legal officer, said: “The opioid epidemic in this country is a very serious issue for Major League Baseball. We hope that this agreement – based on the principles of prevention, treatment, conscience and education – will help protect the health and safety of our players. I commend the Players Association and its members for their thoughtful approach to this important issue. We also appreciate the support and advice provided by the National Drug Control Board. Together, we hope that this agreement will help raise public awareness of the risks and dangers of opioid drugs and make a positive contribution to a national debate on this important issue. Tests on drug abuse are not administered at random, but on the basis of reasonable cause. If one of the HPAC panel members has evidence that a player has used, possessed or sold banned substances in the past 12 months, they call a conference and discuss the evidence with the other members. If a majority is reached for the examination of the suspect player, the tests will not take place more than 48 hours later.
Medications for misuse include natural cannabinoids (for example. B THC, hashish and marijuana), synthetic THC and cannabimimete (e.g. B K2 and spice), cocaine, LSD, opiates (. B oxycodone, heroin, codeine and morphine), MDMA (ecstasy), GHB and phencyclidine (PCP). But as far as Olympic policy is concerned, athletes have received and will continue to receive substances that are ahead of the test curve. The difference is what sport is the steroid problem is set against. It is probably the long history and generational experience of baseball that seems to affect its image the most. The key word here is “image.” Whether steroid use provides compelling evidence of performance improvement in baseball is not yet a study.
In this context, the new drug policy that is being introduced should significantly improve baseball`s image, and I hope that the fans and members of the media who have cried the loudest about it can return to a point where a wonderful circuit grid is not labeled “Possible Juicer.” In the case of “strike three”, the union obtains the only concession of the agreement: the right to apply for reinstatement after two years of suspension by an arbitration review for reinstatement. The deal was made in statements by Executive Director Fehr before the U.S. Senate Committee on Trade, Science and Transportation on September 28 of this year. In any event, the players` association was able to obtain this formulation if the agreement refers to a lifetime ban. In addition, penalties for a positive steroid test are proposed, as Blessed suggested in a letter to Fehr on April 25.