In a meeting earlier this week, the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council approved ‘Rapid Response' protocol measures that will allow the state to quickly take action to test for emerging illegal substances.
According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, the new protocol, which will now go to the full Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for approval, will allow HFL Sport Science, the state's testing facility, with the funds to research the use of any reported new illegal substances.
If the new measure is approved, HFL Sport Science will receive up to $250,000 annually as part of the new protocol to spend on such research. The KY Equine Drug Research Council is a panel that advises the KHRC on medication issues.
The new protocol would allow research and testing to be done closer to the time when a reputable threat was discovered, rather than having to wait on a new test to be developed and approved. Dr. Mary Scollay, KHRC equine medical director said that having such a protocol in place last year would've been beneficial in testing for dermorphin earlier, rather than waiting on other labs to develop a test for it.
Read more in the Louisville Courier-Journal
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