Q&a On Drug Testing With Ncaa Medical Chief – Startribune.com

That does include testing, so for example, if I’m at Campus A and I think there is a tremendous marijuana abuse problem, you can actually test for marijuana. But then when you come up with a positive, it’s not kicking the person off the sport for a year; it’s addressing the core issue like why are you using marijuana and is there a therapy and intervention we can make? Testing can be part of it, but it’s not the national office coming in and being the moral police on campus. It’s us giving the member institutions tools for working with opiate and alcohol use at the campus. AP: When do you think the NCAA would stop testing for rec drugs at championship events? Hainline: I’m not a legislative person, but I think we’re on the timeline for that happening probably in a year. There was a thought it might happen sooner, but I think the membership is asking me to get them better infrastructure so they can take this on at the campus level. AP: Do you think schools would stop doing their own testing? Hainline: What I wouldn’t want to see happen … is that we say, ‘OK, we’re no longer testing for pot’ and then others say, ‘OK, we’re not, either.’ That’s not the right answer. The answer is we’re not going to do it at championships because we don’t think that’s an effective strategy and doesn’t make sense.

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