Orioles’ Slugger Receives Adderall Exemption

Good news for the Orioles, according to the Baltimore Sun:

Chris Davis still will miss Opening Day next season while completing a 25-game suspension for unauthorized use of Adderall, but the Orioles slugger now has Major League Baseball’s permission to take the drug in 2015 for treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday that he was told by Davis that the first baseman has received a therapeutic use exemption for Adderall next season.

Davis has served 24 of the 25 games on his suspension.

During his time with the Texas Rangers, Davis was diagnosed with ADHD and received multiple therapeutic use exemptions for Adderall. The exemptions must be applied for and granted by Dr. Jeffrey M. Anderson, the independent program administrator of the joint drug prevention and treatment program. Anderson typically grants exemptions for a one-year period.

After the Orioles acquired Davis in July 2011, he re-applied for an exemption — believed to be for the 2012 season — and was denied. Davis did not re-apply after that, and it is believed he did not have an exemption for 2012 or 2013, when he hit a club-record 53 home runs, according to sources.

It isn’t known why Anderson granted an exemption for one year but not another.

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