RAPID EIA FOR ANABOLIC STEROID ABUSE

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$498,990.00
Award Year:
1993
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
16823
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Bio-metric Systems Inc.
9924 W 74th St, Eden Prairie, MN, 55344
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Peter Duquette
(612) 829-2700
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
ONCE THOUGHT TO BE A PROBLEM ASSOCIATED ONLY WITH ELITE ATHLETES, ANABOLIC STEROID ABUSE IS NOW UNDERSTOOD TO PERMEATE ALL LEVELS OF ATHLETICS, FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO PROFESSIONAL, AND IS GROWING IN POPULARITY AMONG NON-ATHLETES AS WELL. VIEWED IN CONTEXT OF THE SUBSTANTIAL HEALTH RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH CHRONIC STEROID INGESTION, AND IN PARTICULAR, IN ADDITIONAL HEALTH RISKS FACED BY ADOLESCENT ABUSERS, THIS SITUATION IS PROPERLY SEEN AS A MAJOR NATIONAL HEALTH PROBLEM. ALTHOUGH HIGHLY PUBLICIZED RECENT EVENTS HAVE SERVED TO FOCUS ATTENTION ON THE PROBLEM OF STEROID ABUSE, AND ITS ASSOCIATION ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS, ANABOLIC STEROID USE CONTINUES TO RISE. ONE REASON THIS INFORMATION, AND THE ADDITIONAL LEGAL SANCTIONS RECENTLY ENACTED, HAVE HAD LITTLEEFFECT ON THE GROWING USE OF STEROIDS, IS THE GREAT UNLIKELIHOOD THAT ABUSERS WILL BE CAUGHT. DUE TO THE HIGH COSTS, TESTING IS INFREQUENT AND SPOTTY AT THE PROFESSIONAL AND COLLEGIATE LEVEL, AND NON-EXISTENT AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL. WE WILL DEVELOP AN INEXPENSIVE, RAPID EASY TO PERFORM ENZYME IMMUNOASSAY FOR COMMONLY ABUSED STEROIDS. THE ASSAY IS DESIGNED TO BE PERFORMED ON-SITE BY UNTRAINED PERSONNEL, AND WILL FUNCTION AS A SCREEN CAPABLE OF DETECTING ANABOLIC STEROID INGESTION. THIS SCREENING DEVICEWILL GIVE COACHES, EDUCATORS, AND HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS A VALUABLE TOOL IN COMBATING STEROID ABUSE, AND WILL SERVE AS A DETERRENT TO FUTURE ABUSE. ONCE THOUGHT TO BE A PROBLEM ASSOCIATED ONLY WITH ELITE ATHLETES, ANABOLIC STEROID ABUSE IS NOW UNDERSTOOD TO PERMEATE ALL LEVELS OF ATHLETICS, FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO PROFESSIONAL, AND IS GROWING IN POPULARITY AMONG NON-ATHLETES AS WELL. VIEWED IN CONTEXT OF THE SUBSTANTIAL HEALTH RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH CHRONIC STEROID INGESTION, AND IN PARTICULAR, IN ADDITIONAL HEALTH RISKS FACED BY ADOLESCENT ABUSERS, THIS SITUATION IS PROPERLY SEEN AS A MAJOR NATIONAL HEALTH PROBLEM. ALTHOUGH HIGHLY PUBLICIZED RECENT EVENTS HAVE SERVED TO FOCUS ATTENTION ON THE PROBLEM OF STEROID ABUSE, AND ITS ASSOCIATION ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS, ANABOLIC STEROID USE CONTINUES TO RISE. ONE REASON THIS INFORMATION, AND THE ADDITIONAL LEGAL SANCTIONS RECENTLY ENACTED, HAVE HAD LITTLEEFFECT ON THE GROWING USE OF STEROIDS, IS THE GREAT UNLIKELIHOOD THAT ABUSERS WILL BE CAUGHT. DUE TO THE HIGH COSTS, TESTING IS INFREQUENT AND SPOTTY AT THE PROFESSIONAL AND COLLEGIATE LEVEL, AND NON-EXISTENT AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL. WE WILL DEVELOP AN INEXPENSIVE, RAPID EASY TO PERFORM ENZYME IMMUNOASSAY FOR COMMONLY ABUSED STEROIDS. THE ASSAY IS DESIGNED TO BE PERFORMED ON-SITE BY UNTRAINED PERSONNEL, AND WILL FUNCTION AS A SCREEN CAPABLE OF DETECTING ANABOLIC STEROID INGESTION. THIS SCREENING DEVICEWILL GIVE COACHES, EDUCATORS, AND HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS A VALUABLE TOOL IN COMBATING STEROID ABUSE, AND WILL SERVE AS A DETERRENT TO FUTURE ABUSE.

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