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May 15, 2020
S01 E07: Operation Clean Competiton

The ALL ME® Podcast

S01 E07:  Mike Lunney – Operation Clean Competition

85% of our young people have never been educated on the dangers and realities of Appearance and Performance Enhancing Substances. That is changing in Rhode Island. Operation Clean Competition (OCC) is an educational partnership between the Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL), the Rhode Island Foundation, and the Taylor Hooton Foundation with the goal of educating Rhode Islanders about the realities of Appearance and Performance Enhancing Substances and inspire healthy choices in the worlds of Nutrition and Dietary Supplements. They accomplish this through FREE educational programs in partnership with the Taylor Hooton Foundation. The goal is to have all Rhode Islanders live informed!      

The roots of Operation Clean Competition can be traced back to 2007. At that time federal authorities announced the largest crackdown on illegal steroids in our countries history. Known as Operation Raw Deal, this 18 month investigation targeted manufacturers of raw materials needed to produce anabolic steroids and other illegal drugs. Over 120 arrests were made, 56 labs were seized, and 11.4 million doses of steroids were recovered. One of those large operations that was shut down happened in the state of Rhode Island. In Rhode Island, a Chinese corporation known as GeneScience and its chief executives were indicted on federal charges of smuggling illegal human growth hormone into the united states. After pleading guilty, the company was ordered to pay back 7.2 million dollars in criminal forfeitures but they were also ordered to pay 3 million dollars towards a clean competition fund to counter the effects of hgh and steroid use, the very same drugs they were selling. This is where Operation Clean Competition was born. Those funds were used to setup OCC and now as a result of this negative story, a positive impact is being made. We are educating people all over the state about these drugs and inspiring them to achieve their goals the right way.

In this episode we will be talking to Mike Lunney, Assistant Executive Director of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League. Mike has been with the RIIL since 2011 and we work closely with him to execute Operation Clean Competition across the state. In this episode we will talk about Mike’s background, his role with the RIIL, the history and current state of OCC, and why this education is so important for Rhode Island and beyond. Education is the key to prevention and Rhode Island is leading the charge! 


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