Break through the silence around banned substances
Rugby is at the heart of many communities. When preparing for the next season athletes will focus on every little detail to improve their game - kit, diet and fitness. To keep themselves in the game as long as possible, athletes might be tempted to take performance and image enhancing drugs/banned substances (such as anabolic steroids). Testing positive for use of banned substances, at any level, could result in a ban from playing. Help UK Anti-Doping, our partner against doping in sport, to stand up for rugby's reputation. Protect your family and friends - break through the silence around banned substance use in sport.
There are lots of reasons to be concerned about the use and supply of performance and image enhancing drugs, including:
- the physical and mental health risks - for example: high blood pressure, increased risk of heart attacks, erectile dysfunction, severe acne, increase aggression
- the consequences of doping for someone's professional or rugby career
- the legal consequences of supplying illegal drugs
It might be a difficult decision to provide information about someone close to you or someone you know, but you can stand up and do the right thing. By talking to us anonymously you can have the confidence that no-one will know you contacted anyone about this issue.
Call 08000 32 23 32 or contact us online to talk to us anonymously about steroid use or supply today.
What sorts of drugs are you asking for information on? What is 'doping'?
We are interested in information about performance and image enhancing drugs, including a broad class of drugs known as 'anabolic steroids'- you may have heard of these referred to as 'gear', 'juice', 'roids'. These, and other substances, are banned in many sports. When they are taken by athletes (including rugby players), this is classed as doping. Anabolic steroids are controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act as class C drugs, and some of the most commonly used drugs in this category include (but are not limited to):
- Oxandrolone (Anavar, Oxavar)
We are also interested in information about growth substances like Human Growth Hormone (hGH), and a group of substances called peptides. We want information on use and supply of these drugs, the details of those using or supplying them and where they are being used/supplied. The more information we have, the more we can deter and detect doping and protect your sport, your family and your teammates.
If you believe that someone you know is using these substances during training, competition or on the off-season/pre-season, or that they may be supplying them out of gyms, sports shops, sports nutrition shops or any other location, tell us anonymously today. We do not want to know anything about you, where you live or your association with the supplier or user.
Why is Crimestoppers calling for information on doping in rugby?
More than 50% of athletes currently serving bans for doping are rugby players. We understand that there is incredible pressure on rugby players to look good and perform, but there is good reason why doping is illegal - a clean, drug-free sport creates a level playing field for everyone. We are working closely with UK Anti-Doping to help protect players and the integrity of their sport because we want the rugby community to stand up against steroid use and supply.