Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Staying awake

Was reading a Q&A with Will Carroll on SoSH, this time on performance-enhancing drugs. One constant theme throughout the interview is that while steroids are the current focus, a lot of drug use in the majors may be in the area of wakefulness and focus, including ADHD drugs like Ritalin and uppers/greenies. Plus there's the "legit upper" of caffeine, of course - drinking 7 cups of joe a game, that sort of thing. It's interesting how outrage against PEDs has always focused on things that enhance strength rather than things that keep you alert - beyond the grandstanding of politicians, it's interesting to ask why people feel like one is cheating, but the other not so much.

And I also wonder (as I noted in the thread) if people are using modafinil/Provigil, since it's supposed to improve wakefulness without the jittery feeling that greenies are supposed to give.

Edit: Carroll (I think that's him) added to the discussion -
Provigil is likely being used, but there's no evidence for or against this. It is a drug that BALCO was allegedly distributing. It's an amazingly effective drug and one that I'd like to see watched closely. I *think* it may be covered under the same program that ADHD-type drugs are, but I can't find my notes on it.

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