Originally Posted by Wansteadimp
Or get an iffy Doctor to sign off the prescription - see cycling and various other sports.
See e.g. Medical marijuana cards in California. I bet there are millions of Californians who have them that aren't afflicted with cancer or glaucoma or any medical condition that benefits from marijuana more so then with other treatment options. I heard an interview of well-known stoner thespian Seth Rogen once commenting on his drug use. He asserted "Hey Man! My doctor signed off on a card for me." When asked what his medical condition was that enabled him to obtain his card, though, he giggled "Uhhhmmm heheheh heheheh! Anxiety." I can just imagine the examination that led to that prescription: "Uhh, yeah, so I'm feeling kind of anxious a lot these days." Check! Card issued.
There are legitimate reasons for using potentially banned substances, but athletes need to be smart about taking anything at all without confirming that they are either allowed to take it or will receive a medical exemption. I took steroids while I was a collegiate athlete. In later winter/early spring I had the nastiest case of mono that anyone in the student health clinic had seen, that just wasn't going away and I missed several weeks of classes. 24 hours after they gave me prednisone, my symptoms had improved to those of a typical cold and my symptoms were essentially gone within 5 days. As a mediocre Div. III athlete who was set back almost a month for my training for the spring semester, I was in no danger of being tested, especially back in the '80's, but I probably would have been found to have banned substances in my system if I had and nowadays I would have had my coach contact the NCAA to get an exemption for me.
The PGA tour should test everyone in the top 15 or 20 of every tournament. That's fair. Anyone who fails is either cheating or too dumb to have gone about their legitimate medical treatment in an approved fashion. None of the BS "Honest! I didn't know there was something bad in this OTC vitamin supplement! [the clear one that my trainer injected into my *ss]"