Peru captain Paolo Guerrero is set to miss the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia following an extension of his ban for a positive doping test. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland recently upheld an appeal from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to extend the ban from six to 14 months. The 34-year-old footballer tested positive for traces of cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine in October 2017 after the World Cup qualifier against Argentina.
“I didn’t expect it, I’m sad I won’t be playing. They’ve taken my dream away from me,” said Guerrero, who plays as a striker for Brazilian giants Flamengo. Guerrero will not only skip the World Cup, but could also be sidelined until January 2019.
Confirming the existence of an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV), the CAS said that the Flamengo forward had consumed a tea containing the drug. However, the CAS reiterated that Guerrero didn’t ingest the drug with the intention of enhancing his performance. Nevertheless, the CAS panel maintained that the player could have taken appropriate measures to prevent such undue negligence that put his career in jeopardy.
Guerrero may have landed in a mess due to sheer negligence on his part, studies show many players take stimulants to carry on with their professional and personal lives. Right from cocaine and prescription stimulants to Adderall, uppers are known to infuse enthusiasm and energy in otherwise stressed-out individuals. Sadly, many people have resorted to the invigorating properties of stimulants to gain increased alertness and higher attention spans, without realizing that it could result in full-blown addiction and dependence.
Cocaine is a lethal stimulant
Experts believe cocaine is one of the most addictive street drugs that can induce euphoria and a sense of confidence. However, all of this comes at a great cost, because even a small first-time dose of the deadly drug can make alterations in the brain’s pleasure centers, paving the path for addiction. As cocaine users begin to engage in its frequent use, they start building greater tolerance to the drug. Further, they experience powerful drug cravings that can be satisfied only with the intake of consecutive higher doses. At such a juncture, quitting cocaine becomes next to impossible because chronic users find it extremely difficult to endure the withdrawal symptoms. Under such circumstances, customized medical interventions at a reputed drug abuse rehabilitation center hold the key to sobriety.
According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), about 1.9 million people aged 12 or older were current users of cocaine in that year. The number also included about 432,000 current users of crack. Significantly, America is the biggest consumer of cocaine worldwide. However, cocaine addiction can be treated with timely medical intervention.
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