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Sharapova Tests Positive For Banned Substance, Meldonium

Update 06/08/2016: Maria Sharapova has been suspended by the International Tennis Federation for the next two years as a result of testing positive for a banned substance according to report by the New York Times.

Maria Sharapova, Tennis Star

In a recent news conference, Russian tennis player, Maria Sharapova, shared how she had been taking Meldonium for the past 10 years. The drug was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency on January 1st, 2016, and Sharapova claims she didn’t check the updated banned substances list before testing. The tennis star tested positive for the banned substance at the Australian Open.

What is Meldonium?

Meldonium, also referred to as mildronate, is a legal substance in Russia, although it is not FDA approved for use in the United States. It’s intended use is to treat serious heart issues and help with the circulation of oxygen. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, it can help to improve the user’s mood and allow them to become more active while decreasing motor dysfunction, dizziness, and nausea. This drug could have helped Sharapova be more active for longer with fewer side effects than other athletes might endure without the drug’s assistance. Sharapova claims she only used the drug because of past health issues including abnormal EKG results.

Sharapova Apologizes For Her Actions

“I take great responsibility and professionalism in my job every single day. I made a huge mistake,” Sharapova explained. “I let my fans down, I let the sport down.”

Sharapova ranks number 7 in the WTA rankings. Forbes estimated her earnings for 2015 at 29.5 million dollars. She was born in Russia and moved to Florida where she began her tennis career. She is now residing in Los Angeles, CA according to TIME. Only time will tell what will happen to the tennis star and where she will go from here.

Drug Use And Abuse

Drug abuse can happen to anyone and in any form. Sometimes the person is unaware that the drug they are using could cause harm to their bodies or maybe even their careers. What this also brings to light is that we as consumers need to be responsible and hold ourselves accountable for what we put in our bodies. It pretty much boils down to something as simple as taking a pill could destroy your life’s goals.

Are you unsure if you have a substance abuse problem or if your loved one has one? Contact The Watershed now for more information on substance abuse and how you can stop.

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