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Rick Collins
Rick Collins is a principal in the law firm of Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry PLLC, with main offices on Long Island. He is an internationally recognized legal authority on anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs and substances and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS).

As the nation’s foremost legal authority on performance enhancing drugs and supplements, Rick has contributed chapters to two texts on sports nutrition and coauthored a chapter on adolescent use of performance-enhancing drugs. In the late 1990s, he created the informational resource in order to help bridge the gap between the muscle world and the justice community and he is the author of the definitive legal treatise on anabolic steroids, LEGAL MUSCLE: Anabolics in America. He has written extensively on the topic of non-medical steroid use for legal publications including the Criminal Justice Journal of the New York State Bar Association and The Champion, the publication of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He frequently writes for various fitness and bodybuilding publications on issues where health and fitness overlap with law and policy, and has been a monthly columnist for the nationally circulated Muscular Development magazine and a member of their Advisory Board since 2001.

Rick has been interviewed as a legal authority on performance enhancing substances in the film “Bigger, Stronger, Faster” (2008) and on national television talk and news shows, in talk radio interviews and by countless online and print publications, including USA Today,, The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice, the Salt Lake Tribune, Newsday and Reason magazine.

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Entries by Rick Collins

Unintentional Doping: Legal Lessons from Maria Sharapova's Court

(2) Comments | Posted June 14, 2016 | 2:53 PM

On Wednesday, June 8th, an independent three-member tribunal appointed by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) banned tennis star Maria Sharapova from professional tennis for two years - the result of failing a drug test and testing positive for the banned drug meldonium. Meldonium - which Sharapova had been taking since...

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Operation Cyber Juice Targets Underground Steroid Labs with Anti-Doping Assistance - But Who Are the Real Users?

(3) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 9:18 AM

Earlier this month, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced the shutdown of 16 underground anabolic steroid labs and 90 arrests - the result of a series of more than 30 investigations in 20 states. "Operation Cyber Juice" made headlines with accounts of its nationwide enforcement action...

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Mark Wahlberg: Poster Child for Thousands of New Yorkers Who Deserve a Second Chance?

(2) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 1:32 PM

Like so many people, actor Mark Wahlberg made some very serious mistakes as a teenager -- and like many individuals who have committed crimes in their past, he has turned his life around. Now, like many reformed ex-offenders, he is seeking an opportunity to live his life without the stigma...

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Why Eric Holder's New Clemency Guidelines Fall Short

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 4:42 PM

Attorney General Eric Holder made national headlines last week when he announced the Department of Justice's proposed change in clemency guidelines -- allowing selected prisoners to be considered for early release. The announcement, followed by the DOJ's official release of the new guidelines a few days later, was applauded by...

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Mark Cuban: Changing the Game on HGH?

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 4:09 PM

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says he intends to fund research on human growth hormone (HGH) to see if it might help NBA athletes to recover more quickly from injuries. To be clear, he's not advocating a rules change to permit HGH use in pro basketball -- at least, not...

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Why Stop at Stop-and-Frisk? The Constitution, the Quest for Safer Streets, and Why Ends Don't Justify Means

(8) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 6:19 PM

In the weeks since federal Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that NYPD's "stop-and-frisk" tactics are unconstitutional and racially discriminatory, there's been a lot of alarming chatter about the expected rise in crime that will occur from any changed policy in stop-and-frisk methods. New York City politicians, law enforcement officials...

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'Spying and Lying': How Our Constitution Is Under Attack... and Why We Should Be Outraged

(8) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 1:12 PM

On the heels of exiled leaker Edward Snowden divulging details of NSA's startlingly broad electronic spying program and concerns over what may be massive privacy invasions, came news that should be even more troubling to all Americans. We've recently learned that not only has NSA been using data obtained from...

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The Importance of Second Chances

(2) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 1:20 PM

It could be your niece or nephew. Or even your son or daughter. It might even have been you, many years ago. Good people make dumb mistakes, especially when they're young. Maybe a neighbor's mailbox is intentionally damaged. Maybe an item is stolen from a high-end department store. Maybe a...

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Five Factors in Balancing Privacy and Protection

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 4:23 PM

As the dust of the Boston Marathon Bombings begins to settle, there is renewed debate over how to balance American liberty with public safety. Even those of us concerned about the escalating level of public electronic surveillance must be thankful for the video surveillance cameras that captured the suspects and...

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Oscar Pistorius and a Case of Mistaken Assumptions

(1) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 5:20 PM

When a high-profile athlete commits an act of tragic violence, thoughts quickly turn to the possibility that steroid-induced rage was the cause. Such was the kneejerk assumption of media pundits regarding the double murder and suicide of former WWE wrestler Chris Benoit, and many still believe it, notwithstanding evidence of...

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