Horse drugs illegally shipped into US - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/12/10

Horse drugs illegally shipped into US

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By Ann Wyatt Little  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Horse drugs with deadly side effects for humans. An investigation by NewsChannel 11's sister station WMC in Memphis revealed it is a growing illegal trend that is readily available across the globe with the click of a mouse.  

Veterinarian Dr. Bud Farr knows all about horses. He cares for them all over the South Plains. "We use it mainly for horses with chronic pulmonary disease that are having difficulty breathing," said Dr. Farr.

A drug Dr. Farr occasionally prescribes for his four legged patients suffering is being misused by humans and it is called Clenbuterol. "It was used on steers and cattle and had effects on building muscle and making them more desirable as a show animal," he said.

What can work for show cattle can have similar effects on professional body builders. "There's a lot of assumptions and whispering but no one directly talks about it," says a man at a Memphis gym.

London newspaper stories suggest clenbuterol played a role Britney Spears' documented breakdown in 2008. It's illegal for humans but the pills are easy to come by. A web site overseas guarantees it can deliver Clenbuterol to any country. After you place an order you receive a confirmation email.

The company says it will ship your order along with kids toys so it will not be obvious "pharma" is being shipped and adds that your purchase will be inside the package of wooden pencils. The package arrives two weeks later from Bangkok, Thailand. Inside the envelope, cheap toys and the promised pencils and hidden inside the wrapper of the colored pencils a one month supply of Clenbuterol.

The FDA recently warned it may consider criminal action for the sale or use of Clenbuterol by humans in the United States.

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