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Report: Mayfield tested positive for methamphetamines

There are 112 comments on the Sports Network story from Jun 9, 2009, titled Report: Mayfield tested positive for methamphetamines. In it, Sports Network reports that:

NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jeremy Mayfield reportedly tested positive for methamphetamines during a random drug test May 1, according to ESPN The Magazine.

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“Stewart-Haas Racing”

Since: Jun 09

Las Vegas,NV

#1 Jun 9, 2009
I hope he never races in another race again if this is true.

“Merry Christmas!!”

Since: Nov 07

Griffin, GA

#2 Jun 9, 2009
makes me wonder how many more are out there high?
Texas fan

Longview, TX

#3 Jun 9, 2009
If he tested positive for Meth. He has a problem and needs to seek help, if it is a false positive go get em Jeremy, mistakes happen everyday..Meth though is not something drivers should be using

“To contract new debts...”

Since: Apr 08

is not the way to pay old ones

#4 Jun 10, 2009
Nascar uses a double test, if a positive result comes up they retest it. Meth only stays in your system a short time (2-4 days) so he would have had to have used it within the week before the test. He doesn't belong in a racecar.
Tar Heel

Statesville, NC

#5 Jun 10, 2009
Isn,t Meth legal in Kentucky?
bigJ

Charlotte, NC

#7 Jun 10, 2009
duh..he said he took claritin-d which contains sudephredin which is the main ingredient in meth,of coarse a simple urine test would give a positive.last i heard claritin-d is not illegal!!!!!!i hope jeremy gets millions out of this lawsuit.he's not stupid enough to take meth,knowing everyone is subject to a drug test.i hope nascar has to apologize publicly to jeremy for falsely labeling him as a meth user.
bigJ

Charlotte, NC

#8 Jun 10, 2009
also,,read the links above,you should agree with me,the only danger to the drivers is nascar(brian france and that quack doctor)JEREMY IS ON THE WINNERS CIRCLE PROGRAM,MEANING HE HAS WON RACES IN THE PAST,WHICH MEANS HE EARNS MORE MONEY THAN MOST DRIVERS FINISHING IN THE SAME POSITIONS,NASCAR IS TRYING TO BAN HIM FOR THIS REASON!!! YOU GO JEREMY,SUE THE PANTS OFF THEM!!!!
Evanns

Seattle, WA

#9 Jun 10, 2009
Sue the pants off NASCAR? The other drivers should be suing him. I knew it was meth when they were all hush about this when he said he took some Claritin D. The pharmacy's have to lock up their stock because peeps are buying lots to make the stuff.

Since: May 08

West Roxbury, MA

#10 Jun 10, 2009
http://www.notevenonce.com/

Shame on you Jeremy. Meth is awful.

He needs to get anything he can out of NASCAR cause he will never race again, not after Meth.
Weasel

United States

#11 Jun 10, 2009
Hunglo wrote:
Nascar uses a double test, if a positive result comes up they retest it. Meth only stays in your system a short time (2-4 days) so he would have had to have used it within the week before the test. He doesn't belong in a racecar.
When he was called upon to be tested why did Mayfield not tell them then what he was taking? Guess he waiting for the outcome to speak up. Nascar is powful and have to much money for a peon driver to fight them.

“If you say so...”

Since: Dec 06

South Central Indiana

#12 Jun 10, 2009
Color me confused.

1. Nobody violated the gag order yet they're "reporting" that the third drug was meth?

2. Jeremy initially thought the positive result could have been from a combination of Claritin D and an OTC allergy med, correct?

3. The facility and doctor responsible for the drug testing have gone on record numerous times to say this combination would not cause a false positive. I assume they're standing by that response?

4. Jeremy now admits to using Adderall XR, a drug commonly prescribed for ADHD?

5. Does the addition of the Adderall XR impact the interpretation of his results at all? I ask because...

6. Adderall is an amphetamine

7. Adderall's ingredients consist of 4 different types/chemical compositions of amphetimine

8. Claritin D's main ingredient is 120mg per dose of pseudoephedrine, also known as ephedra

9. Ephedrine (ephedra) is one of the common ingredients of methamphetamine

10. Adderall and Ephedrine both can produce a false positive for methamphetamine (Physician's Desk Reference, 2008)

11. False amphetamine positives are considered the most common false positives

12. "The widespread testing and reliance on tell-tale traces of drugs in the urine is simply a panic reaction invoked because the normal techniques for controlling drug use haven't worked very well. The next epidemic will be testing abuse." Ronald Siegel, psychopharmacologist at UCLA

So...if Adderall is an amphetamine, and Claritin D contains ephedrine, if ephedrine is a common ingredient in methamphetamine, and both Adderall and ephedrine produce false positives for methamphetamine...is it really any stretch to think that Jeremy MIGHT have a false positive for meth?

I'm not on his side, nor am I against him. It just seems odd to me that the medications mentioned have compositions that could lead to a false positive for meth. Then again, chemical changes in Jeremy's body could also produce a false positive if he had kidney or liver disease, a kidney infection, or if he was diabetic. Just so many possibilities...
Nascartoon

Farmington, MI

#13 Jun 10, 2009
Personally, I'll not jump on the bandwagon either way. I love how so many people, with nothing to go on but rumors and conjecture, can formulate these opinions for or against. I especially like that one about how he should get his millions and millions from Nascar, labeling him as a meth user. To my knowledge, Nascar hasn't labeled him as any specific drug user. They've kept that information internal, depite all the complaints that they should release it. The way I see it, He'll have his day in court. If he can prove his innocence, than more power to him. If he loses that battle, than accept his fate and move on from there. There is one thing I'm absolutely sure of though. Despite this ridiculous out burst toward Nascar from some people (people who have pretty much zero knowledge of anything relating to this situation.) Nascar did the right thing. Nascar employs a lab to handle these test results and that lab found Jeremy to be in violation on 2 separate tests. Given those circumstances, Nascar did what, certainly in my opinion, had to be done. They suspended him. Now he has the right to do what he feels he must do, if indeed he's innocent. Appeal it to the avenues available to him. I very much hope he is innocent of any wrong doing, but I'll not base my opinion on ESPN articles or any other press conjecture. Eventually, I hope to see some real facts on the situation, than maybe I'll formulate an opinion.
swak

Longview, TX

#14 Jun 10, 2009
HAHAHA!!!!!

There is nothing better then group sex on meth,I have gone for 8 good solid hours,until I drop exhausted the bed and floor soaked with sweat from our much more thinner bodies. The orgasm is much more intence
Nuff already

Atlanta, GA

#15 Jun 10, 2009
I understand this is NASCARs first substance abuse issue but enough already. For NASCAR Now to spend about 25 of 30 minutes on this issue at this point is a wast e of everyones time. Did anyone really believe he tested positive for Claritin and some other drug?

“It's not that deep”

Since: May 09

Atlanta, GA

#16 Jun 10, 2009
Nascar can ban Jeremy for legally taking Adderall or Claritin-D just because they want to pick on him. I can't believe that Jeremy would smoke Meth, and it shouldn't be his burden of proof to carry, it should be up to NASCAR to prove it. A positive urine test is insufficient evidence, those provide false readings sometimes and are good for initial testing only--further testing that is more reliable needed to be done immediately (blood, hair). Now the drug would be out of his system and its too late. If they wanted to prove Jeremy did meth, they could have done that, but they passed the burden to him to prove that he didn't? That is backwards, how can Jeremy prove that?

NASCAR needs to form a cohesive drug policy, publish it to the drivers, and enforce it like other sports have done. Kudos to Mayfield for fighting the battle, but as it stands, NASCAR can do whatever it wants, and Jeremy's only other option may be civil court.

The doctors said there is little chance the test can yield a false positive but it CAN happen.

“It's not that deep”

Since: May 09

Atlanta, GA

#17 Jun 10, 2009
Weasel wrote:
<quoted text> When he was called upon to be tested why did Mayfield not tell them then what he was taking? Guess he waiting for the outcome to speak up. Nascar is powful and have to much money for a peon driver to fight them.
That makes no sense to me either why did he hide what he was using.
Kate

Pittsburgh, PA

#18 Jun 10, 2009
He's in the public eye and a role model if there's any chance he's on drugs then NASCAR has the right to question him. If not then they will be proven wrong. I dont see that happening his career is over.
Dalesgirl

Cleveland, OH

#19 Jun 11, 2009
Two of the ingrediants in Claritin is used to make meth. The DR. Black should know that.

“To contract new debts...”

Since: Apr 08

is not the way to pay old ones

#20 Jun 11, 2009
Jeremy doesn't strike me as the stereotypical meth user but it does seem suspicious that he originally hid his use of Adderal which would make me wonder if he has a perscription for it? And given it's side effects would Adderall violate the policy even if he did? I does say not to operate dangerous machinery and I'm guessing an 800 horsepower racecar counts as that.
just somebody

United States

#21 Jun 11, 2009
Tar Heel wrote:
Isn,t Meth legal in Kentucky?
Is STUPID legal in the HEEL State? Never mind, you answered my question.

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