Did anyone else here catch the stories that MLB has indicated that roughly 8.2% of MLB players were given therapeutic use exemptions (TUE's) allowing them to take STIMULANTS (Ritalin, Adderall) which are otherwise banned drugs . In 2007 the number of TUE's requested jumped from 28 to 103. Last season there were 114 players permitted to use the otherwise banned stimulants under this exemption program. That is more Ritalin use than a college campus during finals week!!!! In contrast to the fact that 3-5% of children are believed to suffer from ADHD, this outbreak in major league baseball is an epidemic. To quote Dr. Gary Wadler, chairman of committee that determines the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned-substances list. “If we had this percentage increase in the general population, it would be on the evening news as a national epidemic. It’s an outrageous number.” These otherwise banned STIMULANTS increase reaction time (improved hand/eye coordination!!), focus, and time on task.
While there may be MLB players who truly need these medications, it appears that MLB is quickly being cajoled into colluding in a new substance abuse scandal before the cloud of the recent steroid scandal has passed.