New Rules for Marijuana Testing in College Athletics Takes Effect

ncaaOn August 1, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) put into effect its new rules regarding marijuana testing and positive test penalties, which were initially approved back in December by the Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports (CSMAS).

According to Chief Medical Officer Brian Hainline, “The purpose of NCAA drug testing is to deter performance-enhancing drug use, to protect the health and safety of the student-athlete and to protect the integrity of sport.”

Despite reducing the penalty for a first positive test for marijuana, the minimum amount required for a positive test is lower, dropping from15 nanograms per milliliter to 5. Since the testing will now detect lower levels of marijuana use, it will be interesting to see if there are more positive tests that appear for these college athletes.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), marijuana was the most commonly used illicit drug. There were more than 18 million current marijuana users in the United States in 2011, which was an increase of nearly 4 million since 2007. There was also a 21 percent increase in treatment admissions for marijuana abuse between 2000 and 2010. The THC content of marijuana today is also three times more than it was a few decades ago, which can create a substantial increase in potency as well as abuse potential.

If you have a loved one in need of an intervention to stop smoking marijuana or abusing any other drug, contact us to speak with a counselor at your convenience.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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