OBJECTIVES: To assess general practitioner knowledge of banned substances in sport. METHODS: Postal questionnaire sent to all general practitioners in West Sussex. RESULTS: Only 55 (35%) of those who responded (157 in total) were aware that guidelines are to be found in the British National Formulary, and 19 (12%) of respondents believed that medical practitioners are allowed to prescribe anabolic steroids for non-medical reasons. CONCLUSIONS: General practitioner knowledge of which substances are prohibited in sports is poor. There is a lack of awareness of Sports Council guidelines which are to be found in the British National Formulary. Tackling drug abuse in sport requires education of both athletes and doctors.
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