Diuretics: Legal consequences

Last modified: Sunday, 31. May 2009 - 1:56 pm

Diuretics are not a controlled substance, and over-the-counter brands are easily and legally accessible in the United States and throughout the world.
Professional athletes who test positive for diuretics in the Olympics are suspended from participation in the games. They may also be stripped of any medals they have won in competition. Testing for banned substances may be conducted in competition or out of competition.

Federal guidelines, regulations, and penalties

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the federal authority that oversees the regulation of non-controlled drugs such as diuretics. Any legal penalties for trafficking (illegally selling or distributing) prescription diuretics would typically be determined at the state level unless the charges involved theft from a federal facility such as a VA (Veterans Administration) hospital.

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