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Why the war on drugs in sport will never be won

Overview of attention for article published in Harm Reduction Journal, November 2015
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (94th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (88th percentile)

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1 blog
policy
1 policy source
twitter
29 tweeters
facebook
1 Facebook page
googleplus
1 Google+ user

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Title
Why the war on drugs in sport will never be won
Published in
Harm Reduction Journal, November 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12954-015-0087-5
Pubmed ID
Authors

Aaron C. T. Smith, Bob Stewart

Abstract

Recent exposes of drug use in sports suggest that doping might be more problematic than doping-control test results reveal. A zero-tolerance (ZT) model, which aims to eliminate the use, has dominated the thinking of sport's policy makers over the last 15 years. In light of the limitations associated with ZT-based policy, we propose an alternative policy, one based on controlled use and harm reduction principles. We argue that substance control policies underpinned by harm reduction (HR) principles of social utility and public value will deliver superior social outcomes. First, a harm reduction approach better accommodates the competitive realities of sports and the impact of elite sports' emphasis on performance at all costs. Second, HR prioritises athlete welfare over sport and brand reputation. Finally, while appreciating the regulatory and risk management responsibilities of sports' governing bodies, the HR model offers greater space to the athlete's right to privacy, and right to personal autonomy.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 1%
United States 1 1%
Canada 1 1%
Unknown 78 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 19 23%
Student > Master 10 12%
Lecturer 6 7%
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 7%
Researcher 5 6%
Other 15 19%
Unknown 20 25%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Sports and Recreations 21 26%
Social Sciences 9 11%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 5 6%
Medicine and Dentistry 4 5%
Nursing and Health Professions 4 5%
Other 15 19%
Unknown 23 28%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 33. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 02 August 2021.
All research outputs
#861,761
of 19,695,594 outputs
Outputs from Harm Reduction Journal
#141
of 779 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#17,355
of 297,205 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Harm Reduction Journal
#6
of 45 outputs
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