WADA co-edits book on emerging drugs in sport

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is proud to announce the publication today of a new book, “Emerging Drugs in Sport”, that was co-edited by WADA’s Senior Director of Science and Medicine, Dr. Olivier Rabin.

The book is the first of its kind on the use of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS)* in sports and features contributions by multidisciplinary leading experts in the field. Co-edited in collaboration with Professor Ornella Corazza, Associate Professor in Substance Addiction and Behaviours at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom and a leading scholar in the field of Novel Psychoactive Substances, the book provides the latest findings on anti-doping including anti-doping techniques, regulation, policy and market structure of NPS used in sports.

The book’s key chapters include:

  • Contamination of Sports Supplements with Novel Psychoactive Substances
  • Untested Supplement Use Among Athletes: An Overlooked Phenomenon?
  • International Drug Control: Protecting the Health of the Athlete
  • Analysis of New Chemical Entities in a Sport Context 

Dr. Rabin said: “It was a pleasure to work alongside Professor Corazza on the development of this important book. Novel Psychoactive Substances are increasingly present in the sporting world as some athletes seek new substances with which to enhance their performance. In this book, we analyze the current state of play regarding doping in sport and in society in general; and, analyze the challenges Novel Psychoactive Substances present to the anti-doping community -- be it in WADA’s development of the List of Prohibited Substances and Methods or new detection methods.

“This book is a stimulating read for anyone - stakeholders in the anti-doping ecosystem and anyone else working in the fields of sport, substance misuse, policy making and legislation – with an interest in protecting clean sport.”

The book, which was discussed yesterday during a dedicated session of the 8th International Conference on Novel Psychoactive Substances, is prefaced by WADA President, Witold Bańka, and features chapters by a number of WADA experts from fields including:

  • Legal Affairs (“The “Forced” Union of Science and Law”, by WADA’s Director of Legal Affairs, Julien Sieveking);
  • Intelligence and Investigations (“Emerging Trends in Doping: Investigations and Field Operations”, by WADA’s Director of Intelligence and Investigations, Gunter Younger); and  
  • The Prohibited List (“Contamination of Sports Supplements with Novel Psychoactive Substances: An Old History with New Players”, by WADA’s Associate Director of the Prohibited List, Dr. Irene Mazzoni).

Those wishing to purchase a copy of the book at a discounted rate can do so on

* Under the definition of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), NPS are substances of abuse, either in a pure form or a preparation, that are not controlled by international conventions, but which may pose a public health threat.