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Posted by Marc Middleton in WWE News
Thursday, October 14th, 2010

WWE’s medical director Dr. Joseph Maroon says WWE decided to ban Carisoprodol (somas) due to a realization that “some of the talent” were struggling with addiction issues.

“We’ve become aware that (it) was becoming a very addictive type of drug,” Maroon told the Hartford Courant in today’s important newspaper report on prescription drug issues in wrestling. “When combined with codeine, it can have the potency of heroin.”

Maroon added: “Because some of the talent have used it in the past, we’ve decided there are other substitute drugs that (are) less addictive that are available,” he said.

WWE spokesman Robert Zimmerman said WWE was looking to “close new loopholes” in the company’s Wellness Policy, which is why they added muscle relaxants, including Somas, to the list of banned drugs. A positive test for Somas will now lead to applicable punishment for WWE wrestlers.

On the concussion front, Maroon added that WWE is attempting to “minimize head injuries” by requiring padded helmets in training sessions and going to WWE’s developmental territory to require wrestlers to practice punching techniques on dummies.

2 Responses to WWE Medical Director Talks About the Soma Ban:

  1. Tony Whiting

    Date: Oct 14, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    I thought TNa was gonna be cool but Different thoughts!
    1 Flair,Hogan AWKWARD!!! along with Flairs cronies
    2 Abyss and his SLOW Phsycotic THEM bullcrap
    3 And Well what do we have? Or Who Jeffery *Druggioe* Nero Hardy (Poser)
    4 Jeff Washed up Jarrett! They all suck! *L* Id rather watch Little House on the Prairie and see Nellie and Laura fight! That TNA Episode sucked! If the got rid of Walrus Hogan and once Bald Bitchoff! *L* It would all be good!

  2. Dan B.

    Date: Oct 15, 2010 at 5:56 am

    “Maroon added: “Because some of the talent have used it in the past, we’ve decided there are other substitute drugs that (are) less addictive that are available,” he said.”

    What a joke, im guessing this guy has never taken a bump in the ring in his life, what a suit wearing dork…everyone is different and to say they are banning a drug because a few people found an alternative that worked for them is the most stupid thing I have seen the wwe do in a VERY long time. If not ever.

    They call thier talent “independent contractors”, yet want to police the kinds of medicines they use…

    Can the wwe say hypocrite?

    Give the company to someone who isn’t going to run it into the ground over his dumbass wifes political career. THANKS FOR NOTHING VINCE!

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