Narcotics

Narcotics are derived from the opium poppy and include the commonly known painkillers morphine, diamorphine, and pethidine.

Medical Uses of Narcotics

Narcotics are used in medicine to reduce moderate to severe pain.

Effects on Performance

Narcotics have no ergogenic or performance-enhancing qualities. Athletes use Narcotics to mask pain caused by musculoskeletal injury, allowing them to compete and it is for this reason that they are listed as banned substances in competition but are permitted when out of competition.

Side-Effects of Narcotics

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Addiction
  • Hypotension
  • Drowsiness
  • Mood disturbances