Section 40
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Drug analysis at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary

Chan, S.C.; Torok-Both, G.A.; Billay, D.M.; Przybylski, P.S.; Gradeen, C.Y.; Pap, K.M.; Petruzelka, J.

Clinical Chemistry 37(7): 1289-1296


ISSN/ISBN: 0009-9147
PMID: 1677317
Accession: 039872430

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A comprehensive drug testing program was carried out during the 16 days of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, Canada. State-of-the-art technology was applied, involving high-resolution gas chromatography, high-performance liquid chromatography, gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, fluorescence polarization immunoassay, and radioimmunoassay. Samples from selected athletes were screened for five drug classes: stimulants, narcotic analgesics, anabolic steroids, beta-blockers, and diuretics. In addition, samples were also screened for local anesthetics, corticosteroids, beta-human choriogonadotropin, and cannabinoids. During the 16-day event, 428 urine samples were processed and 3090 screening procedures performed. We describe the methods for analysis at the Olympic Games and present the results.

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