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February 4, 2002

Efforts to keep Olympic games drug-free

With the Winter Olympic Games scheduled to begin Feb. 8 in Salt Lake City, Olympic officials are busy tightening efforts to keep the games drug-free. Some athletes have already been caught up in drugs controversies.

Some steps have been put in place to help ensure athletes are free of banned substances:

• Mandatory testing will take place in Salt Lake City, and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will bring 12 observers to the Games.

• WADA will conduct their own tests, and it has also carried out 1,200 tests in the two months leading up to the Games.

• Each athlete will be given a drug passport to document doping control records.

Gail Newton, associate professor of pharmacy practice at Purdue, can talk about performance-enhancing drugs, how they work and how they can be detected.

CONTACT: Gail Newton, (765) 494-1473,