V-med stimulants are causing F.I.F.A and other sports governing bodies major concern. Some players are gambling their careers to use banned substances that enhance a player’s game. These stimulants include Nandrolone and Danazol. Drugs are generally injected or ingested but more recently they are being administered through vaporizers. In the form of v-med stimulants.
This new administration technique is concerning drugs testing officials as vaporized meds or v-meds are new and largely uncharted way of cheating in sporting events. The new way of administering drugs in a vaporized form is quick and discreet. Athletes are now able to vape a small, targeted dose of stimulant that improves performance and is almost impossible to detect.
A quote from a football player that wished to remain anonymous,
I have seen players using vaporizers in changing rooms before the match and at half time. I thought they were using it to quit smoking tobacco though. It’s shocking to think that they might be taking drugs to enhance their performance.
With improved nano mist and vaporizing technology, performance enhancing drugs are used by athletes to cheat by giving them more stamina and a general physical edge over their opponents. Nano mist can be taken after initial urine samples have been given and administered in less than 5 seconds. The inhaled stimulant is then sweated out before the end of the game, allowing the user to bypass current testing measures. Hence this new form of doping is almost undetectable.
Cheating using performance enhancing drugs has plagued sports governing bodies for decades, Lance Armstrong in cycling and Asafa Powell in athletics are two who have risked their careers by taking banned stimulants to improve their performance. Both of these men were caught and stripped of their respective titles after failing drug tests. Technology is evolving though and scientists are developing new drugs and administration techniques with the aim of making it harder to trace and detect drugs cheats. This is why F.I.F.A and other sports governing bodies are so concerned with v-med stimulants.
So what measures are we going to see to ensure there is no foul play, regarding cheating with v-med stimulants? At present there are no measures in place to deal with v-med stimulants cheating specifically. The testing needed is not currently able to detect vaped substances. Previous drug testing procedures were previously deemed satisfactory for detecting known substances.
How will the drug testers detect and eradicate v-med stimulants?
Well, to detect v-meds will be very hard as the time the stimulant stays in the body is very brief; the correct dose can last in an athletes body for a desired period. For example, a football player could vape a dose of v-meds that stays in the body for just 90 minutes. After the match has finished the drug will have been excreted through sweat glands and thus be untraceable. Therefore the player has a physical advantage that is undetectable by current testing means.
What drugs can be vaped to improve performance among sporting superstars? There is a wide range of performance enhancing substances. These have been banned by sports governing bodies, for a full list check here.