A study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs concludes that college athletes who use performance-enhancing substances are at higher risk of alcohol and recreational drug abuse compared to athletes who don’t use such drugs. The study looked at 234 male athletes who admitted to using steroids, stimulants and weight loss supplements and found that those same athletes were more likely to drink heavily and use marijuana, cocaine, and other recreational drugs . Much research has been done on college athletes and performance enhancers, but this study is noteworthy because it’s the first of its kind to look at whether college athletes who take performance enhancers are also more likely to misuse other substances.
"I'm suggesting that if the NCAA doesn't want to share profits and continue to have this unpaid workforce, then let the market determine their value. Let us give them money if that's what they need — a nonrecourse loan at very favorable interest rates. Allow [agents] to fill that gap, because as of right now, it's being done but it's not being done in a way that can be controlled or monitored by anybody at the NCAA or the NFL Players Association or even at the state level. And the NCAA, they don't have subpoena power and they have absolutely no impact on the agent community whatsoever. And what I'm recommending is for participation in that program, an agent then could offer up and trade the equivalent of subpoena power — access to phone records or bank records — and give the NCAA the ability to enforce its rules."