Drugs - Ethanol now tested for in Canada

06:28 PM 24 Feb 2012 NZDT
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Ontario Racing Commission

On January 16, 2012, the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) announced that official samples of all harness racing horses (and all other racing horses) will be tested for ethanol, effective February 13, 2012.

Ethanol, a central nervous system depressant, is widely available in many forms. The CPMA is advising industry participants to take care and to read the label of ingredients when choosing products that are administered to horses. The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has noted this very same advice in previous Notices to the Industry.

The ORC believes it is the responsibility of Ontario licensees to pay close attention to and closely review all memos from the CPMA. This includes keeping up to date on the CPMA Schedule of Prohibited Drugs.

From the National Cancer Institute

Eethanol

A colorless organic liquid also known as ethyl alcohol or grain alcohol. Ethanol's primary physiologic effects involve the central nervous system. Depending on the dose delivered, ethanol behaves as an anxiolytic, a depressant, or a general anesthetic. Ethanol-induced immunosuppression involves dysregulation of CD4+ T cells. Check for active clinical trials or closed clinical trials using this agent.

(NCI Thesaurus) Synonyms:

Absolute Ethanol

Alcohol

Ethyl alcohol

Methylcarbinol

Rob MCKINNEY

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