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AFL drugs summit: The results are in

Posted by: 3AW NEWS | 30 January, 2013 - 6:06 PM
Andrew Demetriou (Pat Scala)

The AFL has made a series of commitments including closing a loophole allowing players to escape reprimand for the use of illicit drugs.

It follows a day of talks between clubs, the Players Association, AFL bosses and medical officials at a drug summit.

AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou says today has been a step in the right direction.

"There is a commitment to looking at how, and by what mechanism we can involve the clubs more, provide the clubs with more information and arm them with the expertise to deal with that information," he told a press conference following the summit.

"There is (also) a commitment to look at that loop hole, closing the self notification if that is being exploited."

Dr Hugh Steward from the AFL Medical Officers' Association said the current illicit drug code would continue to be endorsed.

"The use of illicit drugs is primarily a health and social issue and is best managed through a medical model based on counselling, education and treatment of the underlying mental health and addiction problems," he said in a statement.

"Illicit drug use is a major social issue amongst young members of our society and AFL footballers encounter these problems on a regular basis.

"Mental Health issues are very common amongst players who offend the IDC and we must increase our efforts in education, early identification and better management of these conditions amongst players before they are tempted to use Illicit Drugs."


AFLPA CEO Matt Finnis, Collingwood CEO Gary Pert and AFL Ceo Andrew Demetriou (Photo: Pat Scala)


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Blog comments Your Say

  • YOU are a disgrace Demetriou and Mc Guire.the only commitment you lot made was close a loop hole (WOW) but the 3 strikes still stay..SO what you are really saying is "boys you can keep taking the drugs just don't get caught"..ONLY when their boys start to play AFL then you will see something done..I don't know how you sleep at night MCGUIRE..all the lies that you have spread over the last week..YOU didn't know about this, then i can guess where your head is and it's not on your shoulders

    Alex Friday 1 February, 2013 - 11:04 AM
  • Step aside Andrew Jeff is the man for this job !

    Max Thursday 31 January, 2013 - 5:23 PM
  • A grand final flag at all cost...They don't care who gets hurt,,,

    Shirley Thursday 31 January, 2013 - 11:56 AM
  • Drugs should be legalised. The only people who benefit from drugs being illegal are the criminals and the Casino. I am a member of the Police and a recreational drug user. There are many professionals who regularly use drugs. I am lucky that I can source good quality drugs unlike many of our kids. If drugs were legal then there would be quality control and this would result in many less deaths. People are always going to use drugs. Criminalisation has failed. Many crimes including burglary and theft are the direct result of drugs being illegal. Billions of dollars are wasted on drug law enforcement. This could be directed to education and our health system rather than wasting it on law enforcement and the associated costs with that.

    P Wednesday 30 January, 2013 - 8:58 PM
  • The AFL need a tuff CEO for a tuff stand on drugs what sort of message dose this send to Children this all goes back to the Cousins days and the other Eagles the AFL needed to nipped in the bud then the three strike will not work you need one strike only take away what the player love playing football and he will soon take notice stop this weak approach.

    Max Wednesday 30 January, 2013 - 6:51 PM

    IAN Wednesday 30 January, 2013 - 6:31 PM

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