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Study: Doping Widespread in Britain

April 11, 2002

LONDON (AP) _ The use of banned performance-enhancing drugs is a widespread problem in Britain, according to a study issued Thursday by the British Medical Association.

The association said the use of steroids and other substances was rife in bodybuilding gyms and in elite sports.

Up to 60,000 bodybuilders, athletes and fitness enthusiasts in London alone and as many as 150,000 across Britain are using drugs, the study said.

``This report will hopefully alert doctors to problems their patients may be having with performance-enhancing drugs,″ said Dr. Vivienne Nathanson, the association’s head of ethics and science.

``We’re not moralizing here but pointing out that these drugs are dangerous and it is better to treat health problems associated with them sooner rather than later.″