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Source: ESPN/NY Times

Rafael Palmeiro tested positive for the potent anabolic steroid stanozolol, the same substance Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson of Canada took in 1988, The New York Times reported on its Web site Tuesday night.


"It's a mildly strong to strong steroid," Dr. Gary Wadler, a professor at New York University and an expert in sports doping, told the newspaper. "Potent is the word I would use."

So, there you have it.


The first comment asks a good question: Can this be ingested accidentally?

From my very brief research, it wouldn't appear that there's a very good case for that. I am no expert, so if I'm wrong, please correct me.

From this page:

Stanozolol is one of several synthetic versions of the steroid hormone testosterone. Like testosterone, these drugs promote signs of masculinity (their androgenic effect) and increased synthesis of muscle proteins (their anabolic effect). Used in the past to treat a handful of medical conditions--anemia and breast cancer among them--steroids are used by professional and amateur athletes alike, all looking to build muscle tissue easily.

There is apparently a "cyclodextrin injectable" known as Stana-Plex that contains stanozolol, but that would be no accident.

Basically, this wouldn't appear to be an accident as best I can tell. I will try to find out more, but again if you are more knowledgable than I am (which wouldn't take much), please comment.

There is an old interview at Baseball Prospectus from 2001, in which Gary Huckaby speaks with a former MLB trainer about steroids. When asked what steroids are most common, he says, "There's a lot of Stanozolol."