ABOUT A WEEK AGO I HAD A INTERESTING TALK WITH SOME USAPL LIFTERS ABOUT WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN TO PEOPLE WHO TEST POSITVE AT A USAPL POWERLIFTING CONTEST. THE GENERAL OPINION WAS THAT BANNING THEM FOR A FEW YEARS WAS NOT ENOUGH. THEY SHOULD BE PROSECUTED BY HAVING THE TEST TEST RESULTS SENT TO THE LOCAL ATHORITIES AND THUS BRINGING THE MATTER BEFOR THE LOCAL COURT.
This could go in a number of directions, and I am all for giving more teeth to our drug testing. However what youâ€™re suggesting would be very difficult at best to do. If for only one reason, drug failures are not always caused by illegal activity. So what would the authorities do about such failures? Nothing really.
Just because they failed the test doesn't necessarily mean that they did anything illegal. The failure could have been caused by an over the counter supplement, or steriods which were obtained by prescription.
I would love to see users prosecuted but I can tell you from a prosecutors point of view it would be a logistical nightmare. In my jurisdiction we only prosecute if we actually retrive the illegal substance and then we have to send it to BCI (the state lab) for testing... It is possible to prosecute but given the volume of other drug cases I doubt if too many jurisdictions would pursue those cases. It would also require those people from the private labs to come in and testify and believe me that is expensive.