Research recently published in Therapie evaluated drug use in SCUBA divers. A detailed study of aspirin and steroid consumption revealed their misuse for performance-enhancing purposes, the level of risk varying with the type of diving activity. The influence of drug use on personal performance was recognised by 72% of divers, but only 59% considered that they were putting themselves at risk by self-medicating.

60% of divers surveyed reported taking medication occasionally when diving. Drugs consumed occasionally included painkillers, corticosteroids and antiemetics to reduce nausea.

Journal reference: Therapie, 60(4): 409-12.


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