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Drugs have been used in sports almost as long as sports themselves have been around The ancient Incas discovered that the ashes from burned leaves of the Coca tree gave the people great stores of energy and made sleep unnecessary for hours or even days it was later discovered to be the stimulant cocaine They would take it before long hunts battles and even found it useful in ancient sport competitions It wasnt until 1886 that the first drug-related death in sports occurred A bicyclist took a mixture of cocaine and heroine called the speedball and died from it Little were the doctors aware the epidemic that would follow in the next century Anabolic steroids developed in the 1930s in Europe are drugs that help to build new body tissue quickly
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