Our Latest Updates – Archive

Updated: Olympics Doping Cases
12/15/2021 -

As of the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan, there have been 442 positive doping tests, resulting in the loss of 173 medals (57 gold, 66 silver, and 50 bronze) over 28 Games in 52 years. Explore positive doping results by Games, country, sport, and drug(s) or drug offense.

WADA to Review Status of Marijuana as Prohibited Drug
9/15/2021 -

The World Anti-Doping Agency stated: “[F]ollowing receipt of requests from a number of stakeholders, the ExCo [Executive Committee] endorsed the decision of the List Expert Advisory Group to initiate in 2022 a scientific review of the status of cannabis. Cannabis is currently prohibited in competition and will continue to be in 2022.”

American Sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson Tests Positive for Marijuana
7/2/2021 -

American Sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson won the women’s 100-meter race at the US track and field trials in June 2021.

American Runner Shelby Houlihan Banned for Four Years for Positive Anabolic Steroids Test
6/15/2021 -

The runner tested positive for nandrolone in Dec. 2020. She claims the result is a false positive due to her consumption of a pork burrito containing offal.

Performance-Enhancing Drugs & Sports Site Update
5/12/2021 -

Explore the debate with updated arguments, quotes, and resources.

Doping Cases at the Olympics
4/7/2021 -

Over 50 years of drug testing (27 Games) at the Olympics there have been 433 positive doping tests, resulting in the loss of 169 medals (57 gold, 62 silver, and 50 bronze). Explore positive doping tests by Games, country, sport, and drug(s) or drug offenses.

Russia’s Doping Ban Cut in Half
12/21/2020 -

The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland halved Russia’s doping ban from four to two years.

Trump Signs Anti-Doping Act
12/7/2020 -

On Dec. 4, 2020, President Donald Trump signed the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act. The act will allow the federal government to impose criminal sanctions on people involved in doping at major international sporting events with American athletes, sponsors, and broadcasters.

Drug Use Reported as Doping Tests Dramatically Limited by COVID-19
10/26/2020 -

As the coronavirus reduced doping tests by almost 98%, athletes reported drug use on an anonymous survey: almost 10% using PEDs and 4% using marijuana.

United States Anti-Doping Agency Trials Virtual Drug Testing
4/16/2020 -

Olympic athletes have volunteered for a pilot virtual drug testing program using kits sent in the mail and video chats.

NFL Loosens Rules on Players’ Marijuana Use
4/13/2020 -

Among other changes, players will no longer be suspended for a positive marijuana test.

27 People Indicted in Horse Racing Doping Scandal
3/11/2020 -

On Monday, prosecutors indicted horse trainers, veterinarians, and drug distributors for their roles in giving performance-enhancing drugs to racehorses to win prize money.

Should players suspected of doping be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame?
11/20/2019 -

The Baseball Hall of Fame ballot for 2020 includes some players accused of using steroids during their careers. Should they be allowed in the Hall of Fame? Read pros and cons from experts.

NEW ProCon.org Website! – 2020 Presidential Election: The Candidates and Where They Stand on the Issues
8/29/2019 -

Learn about the presidential candidates’ views on important issues, compare them with a side-by-side chart, find your best match with a fun quiz, track their finances, and so much more on our 2020 Presidential Election website. The New York Times called our previous presidential election site “The most comprehensive tool for researching the candidate’s stance on issues.” Check back monthly for expanded issue coverage.

Top-Ranked Bridge Player Suspended for Doping
3/4/2019 -

Bridge players are subject to World Anti-Doping Agency rules because the World Bridge Federation is recognized by the International Olympic Committee.

New ProCon.org Website! – Should Birth Control Pills Be Available Over-the-Counter?
2/21/2019 -

Our new topic explores the pros and cons in the debate over making birth control pills available over-the-counter (OTC). 9.1 million women (12.6% of contraceptive users) use birth control pills, which are the second-most commonly used method of contraception in the United States. Proponents say making the birth control pill available over-the-counter would lower teen pregnancy rates, provide contraceptive access to medically underserved women, and ease access to a health-improving drug with decades of safe use. Opponents say making the Pill over-the-counter would raise the cost of contraception for women, pose a danger to teens’ and women’s health by removing the doctor’s visit requirement, and limit what options are made available.

Our new website presents the top pro & con arguments and quotes, a history of the debate, a video gallery, the prescription status of birth control pills around the world, and a list of drugs switched from prescription to OTC status.

Should Baseball Players Who Have Used Banned Substances Be Voted into the Hall of Fame?
1/22/2019 -

Explore the debate over enshrining players suspected of doping into Cooperstown with quotes from baseball columnist David Lennon (pro), current MLB pitcher Chris Archer (con), former New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez (pro), former Red Sox GM Lou Gorman (con), and more.

Researcher Wanted at Educational Nonprofit ProCon.org
1/17/2019 -

ProCon.org, a Los Angeles-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity,
seeks an in-house Researcher (full-time with benefits or part-time
without benefits) to develop content for websites devoted to a
nonpartisan in-depth presentation of 70+ controversial issues. Three
items are required for application, as specified in the job notice.

50 Lesson Plan Ideas Using ProCon.org
7/16/2018 -

We’re excited to announce 50 free lesson plan ideas for educators! Visit our Teachers’ Corner for inspiration, including lessons plans about distinguishing fact from opinion, how to write a “call-to-action” letter, and content from our partner Credo Reference.

Should Baseball Players Who Have Used Banned Substances Be Voted into the Hall of Fame?
4/6/2018 -

Consider the pros and cons of enshrining players associated with
performance enhancing drugs with quotes from baseball players, sports
writers, and more, including Alex Rodriguez (pro), Hall of Famer Joe
Morgan (con), columnist Ken Davidoff (now pro), and former Red Sox GM
Lou Gorman (con).