Three low concentration methamphetamine “positive” tests were linked to use of a methamphetamine-contaminated trailer to transport the affected horses. This incident establishes methamphetamine as a human-use substance that can inadvertently enter the environment of racing horses, resulting in urinary methamphetamine “positives;” an interim regulatory cut-off of 15 ng/mL for methamphetamine in post-race urine is proposed.
This research was supported by grants from the USDA Agriculture Research Service Specific Cooperative Agreement #58-6401-2-0025 for Forage-Animal Production Research, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association Foundation and by support for the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station as provided by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
The information reported in this paper is part of a project of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station (KAES publication #15-14-057) and is published with the approval of the Director.
Brewer, Kimberly; Shults, Theodore F.; Machin, Jacob; Kudrimoti, Sucheta; Eisenberg, Rodney L.; Hartman, Petra; Wang, Caroline; Fenger, Clara; Beaumier, Pierre; and Tobin, Thomas, "A Cluster of Trace-Concentration Methamphetamine Identifications in Racehorses Associated with a Methamphetamine-Contaminated Horse Trailer: A Report and Analysis" (2016). Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center Faculty Publications. 26.