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On 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.