Adderall, commonly prescribed as ADD treatment, seen as performance-enhancer in MLB

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Adderall is considered a common drug to treat Attention Deficit Disorder for millions of children, so it's surprising to a lot people that Major League Baseball considers it a forbidden performance enhancing drug.

Testing positive for the drug led to Kansas City Royals infielder Miguel Tejada’s 105-game suspension, the third longest non-lifetime suspension ever handed out by the MLB. Tejada has now tested positive three times.

Tejada had a prescription for Adderall, but that expired April 15. During that time he was waiting for a “therapeutic-use” exemption that would confirm he had attention deficit disorder and could take the prescription without repercussions.

Psychologist Dr. Avner Stern said for someone with ADD, this prescription can be a performance equalizer. However, for an athlete without the disorder, it is a performance enhancer.

“Think of someone under the influence of their adrenaline and they suddenly are able to mobilize their resources and perform better when they're scared,” Stern explained. “What Adderall does essentially is help that but not only for a few minutes but for 6 to 8 hours."

The Royals were reached out to for comment on this suspension, but the team said the MLB has told clubs they are not allowed to comment on suspensions.

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