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    Baseball's Drug Policy and Prevention Program: June 7, 1991



    Major League players or personnel involved in the possession, sale or use of any illegal drug or controlled substance are subject to discipline by the Commissioner and risk permanent expulsion from the game.



    This prohibition applies to all illegal drugs and controlled substances, including steroids or prescription drugs for which the individual in possession of the drug does not have a prescription.

    Baseball will not hesitate to permanently remove from the game those players and personnel who, despite our efforts to treat and rehabilitate, refuse to accept responsibility for the problem and continue to use illegal drugs.

    Finally, the concern of an individual Club about a player's availability will not be a meaningful consideration in determining the course to be followed. If any Club covers up or otherwise fails to disclose to this office any information concerning drug use by a player, that Club will be fined $250,000, the highest allowable amount under the Major League agreement.









    The Player Relations Committee has distributed to all Clubs a notice setting forth Baseball's drug policy. All Clubs must post the notice in their clubhouses. In addition, copies of this memorandum should be distributed to all players and Baseball personnel.

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    Re: Baseball's Drug Policy and Prevention Program: June 7, 1991

    Schedule II drugs
    Findings required:

    (A) The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.
    (B) The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions.
    (C) Abuse of the drug or other substances may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
    These drugs are only available by prescription, and distribution is carefully controlled and monitored by the DEA.

    Drugs on this schedule include:

    Cocaine (used as a topical anaesthetic);
    Methylphenidate (Ritalin);
    Most pure opioid agonists: Pethidine (INN) or meperidine (USAN), fentanyl, opium, oxycodone, or morphine;
    Short-acting barbiturates, such as secobarbital;
    Amphetamines, except for injectable methamphetamine. Amphetamines were originally placed in Schedule III, but were moved to Schedule II in 1971. Injectable methamphetamine has always been in Schedule II;

    FWIW, steroids are Schedule III drugs, or deemed less severe under the Controlled Substances Act.

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    Re: Baseball's Drug Policy and Prevention Program: June 7, 1991

    Yes indeed, you all can't get mad at steroids because there were other drugs too. Also know as "my argument over he didn't break a baseball rule is dead on to other deflections..."

    Worst. Logic. Ever.

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    Re: Baseball's Drug Policy and Prevention Program: June 7, 1991

    Quote Originally Posted by membengal
    Yes indeed, you all can't get mad at steroids because there were other drugs too. Also know as "my argument over he didn't break a baseball rule is dead on to other deflections..."

    Worst. Logic. Ever.
    If you can tell me that the above memo was ever in the CBA, then I'll tell you that it was actually a baseball rule. There were attempts to include it within the CBA, but they all failed.
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    Re: Baseball's Drug Policy and Prevention Program: June 7, 1991

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone792
    If you can tell me that the above memo was ever in the CBA, then I'll tell you that it was actually a baseball rule. There were attempts to include it within the CBA, but they all failed.
    Which is why the Player's Union and MLB share equal culpability for the mess that they're in now. They got drunk on the offensive explosion and the interest--and $$$--it generated. Drug use be damned, the sport was doing well, no need to include such things in the CBA. Talk about the fox guarding the henhouse.
    We'll burn that bridge when we get to it.

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    Re: Baseball's Drug Policy and Prevention Program: June 7, 1991

    Quote Originally Posted by registerthis
    Which is why the Player's Union and MLB share equal culpability for the mess that they're in now. They got drunk on the offensive explosion and the interest--and $$$--it generated. Drug use be damned, the sport was doing well, no need to include such things in the CBA. Talk about the fox guarding the henhouse.
    This I fully agree on
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    Re: Baseball's Drug Policy and Prevention Program: June 7, 1991

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone792
    This I fully agree on
    Well, cheers then.
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