Law & Policy: Drugs & Alcohol
NFL to Players: Pot Now Legal for Some, But Don't Smoke It
by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor November 2012
Just because recreational marijuana is now legal in Colorado and Washington - thanks to voters approving constitutional amendments in those states Tuesday - doesn't mean NFL players can smoke it.
'Life of an Athlete' Helps Kids Make Smart Choices
by Michael Popke October 2011
On the final Saturday night in September, a group of student-athletes from Sun Prairie (Wis.) High School hosted the first all-school "dry party" - three hours of open gym and swim, inflatable jousting, plenty of pizza and college football on TV in the commons, with members of the football, soccer, volleyball and dance booster clubs donating their time and resources.
Evidence Suggests Marijuana Use Is Up Among College Student-Athletes
by Paul Steinbach July 2011
In June, federal prosecutors in Alexandria, Va., snuffed out a $2 million drug trafficking ring that allegedly recruited student-athletes to market California-grown marijuana on college campuses in Virginia and 10 other states.
Selling Alcohol to Fight Alcohol Abuse
by Paul Steinbach May 2011
Oliver Luck says he wasn't particularly cognizant of the drinking culture surrounding West Virginia University football games 30 years ago when he quarterbacked the Mountaineers.
AP: Testing for PEDs Inconsistent at College Level
by Paul Steinbach March 2011
The Associated Press has reviewed the policies for performance-enhancing drug testing at 51 American colleges and universities, as well as those of the NCAA and individual conferences, and found little consistency tying them together. School policies vary widely, and while some conferences augment the NCAA's umbrella drug-testing program, others offer nothing in addition to the association's efforts to test athletes on campus and at its own sanctioned events.
Blog: In Search of a New St. Patrick's Day Tradition
by Mary Helen Sprecher March 2011
St. Patrick's Day is on the horizon, meaning that soon, a huge number of people will feel compelled to immerse themselves in what they fervently believe is a great example of the Irish culture.
Tailgating Causes Trouble at Reliant Park
by Andrew Cohen October 2010
The game-day tradition of tailgating by fans without tickets is a problem for the Houston Texans.
Athlete Suspended for HGH Dead in Apparent Suicide
by Michael Popke September 2010
Former Great Britain rugby league player Terry Newton, who in February became the first athlete in the world suspended for testing positive for human growth hormone, was found dead at his home in England on Sunday afternoon. The British Broadcasting Company reports that Newton, in the midst of a two-year suspension by the United Kingdom Anti-Doping Agency, hung himself.
Another Case of School Colors Gone Wrong
by Andrew Cohen September 2009
We all know that universities are far cozier with beer companies than educators of underage drinkers probably ought to be. It's tough, though, when part of your educational mission is to send your boys out onto the gridiron in front of 70,000 paying fans who, let's face it, have been known to - on occasion - pop open a few beers in the parking lot beforehand. So, let's give props to the University of Wisconsin athletic department for "taking one for the team" (in the words of Vince Sweeney, the school's vice chancellor for university relations) by battle against binge drinking by UW sports fans.
Schools Seek New Ways to Combat Student-Athlete Alcohol Abuse
by Paul Steinbach August 2009
A parade of off-season DUI offenses has schools seeking new ways to combat student-athlete alcohol abuse.