gzt: It seems the big attraction for sportspeople is this is a recreational option that does not show on the drug tests.
Once again, another example where changing the criminal status of marijuana could result in less harm.
It is somewhat obvious that recreational drug use is extremely common and we are currently sticking our heads in the sand a bit.
I don't think the warriors were mixing opiates with energy drinks. For starters, they'd be at grave risk of being pinged in anti-doping tests. Was reported as "sleeping pills", and I'd wager that they could get prescriptions for sleeping pills like zaleplon reasonably readily due to their jobs, dealing with jet lag etc.