Drug agency chief warns on increasing peptide use

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The head of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority says the use of peptides by athletes has risen dramatically because they are difficult to test for and that only two laboratories can determine usage of the drug.

ASADA chief Aurora Andruska said Friday her organization has been warning sports leagues in Australia that peptides were the "new generation" of performance-enhancing substances and that the drug often stays active in the body for only a short period of time, making detection more difficult.

On Thursday, the Australian Crime Commission issued a report which outlined widespread doping in Australian professional sport and links to organized crime.