Last updated on: 2/5/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“To protect the health of athletes and the children who model their behavior and the integrity of Olympic sports, doping practices must be removed from Olympic competition. The evidence is clear: many performance-enhancing substances can cause serious harm when used in the methods and levels designed to provide competitive advantage.”

“Winning at Any Cost: Doping in Olympic Sports,” Report by The CASA National Commission on Sports and Substance Abuse, Sep. 2000

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University is the only nation-wide organization that brings together under one roof all the professional disciplines needed to study and combat abuse of all substances -- alcohol, nicotine as well as illegal, prescription and performance enhancing drugs -- in all sectors of society.

Founded in 1992 by Former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare Joseph A. Califano, Jr., the nonprofit organization aims to inform Americans of the economic and social costs of substance abuse and its impact on their lives, as well as, remove the stigma of substance abuse and replace shame and despair with hope.

CASA has assembled an interdisciplinary staff of over 60 professionals with post-graduate and doctorate degrees, experience and expertise in various fields including substance abuse and addiction, communications, criminology, education, epidemiology, government, journalism, law, marketing, psychology, public administration, health and policy, social work, sociology and statistics.”

“About CASA,” www.casacolumbia.org (accessed Dec. 8, 2008)

Mission:

“Mission Statement:

  • Inform Americans of the economic and social costs of substance abuse and its impact on their lives.
  • Assess what works in prevention, treatment, and law enforcement.
  • Encourage every individual and institution to take responsibility to combat substance abuse and addiction.
  • Provide those on the front lines with the tools they need to succeed.
  • Remove the stigma of abuse and replace shame and despair with hope.”

“Mission Statement,” www.casacolumbia.org (accessed Dec. 8, 2008)

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Does the Use of Illegal Performance Enhancing Drugs by Some Athletes Coerce Other Athletes to Also Use Them to Remain Competitive?