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Positive Tests in Louisiana

Ten horses allegedly test positive for powerful drug dermorphin.

June 14, 2012

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Ten horses racing at Louisiana tracks have allegedly tested positive for dermorphin, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune's NOLA.com.

The Louisiana State Racing Commission is gathering information, NOLA.com reports, regarding the positives involving the painkiller. Dermorphin is an amino acid found in species of tree frogs and, produced synthetically, is believed to be 30-40 times more powerful than morphine.

The 10 horses include a mix of Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds trained by eight trainers, according to the NOLA.com report. The horses were raced at Evangeline Downs, Delta Downs and Louisiana Downs. The names of the trainers and horses have not yet been released.

Read more at NOLA.com.