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The body-building supplement Jack3d, which contains a synthetic stimulant, has been banned at a Bowen Basin mine following reports workers were using it to stay awake.
The Daily Mercury reports that following inquiries from Queensland’s deputy chief inspector of coal mines, workers at the site in question were issued with a ban on the substance.
A Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation spokesperson told the Daily Mercury the mines inspectorate was working to provide the wider industry with information on Jack3d’s risks.
“The mines inspectorate will also prepare a safety alert to all mines outlining the potential risk to workers associated with using substances such as Jack3d,” they said.
Last month Australian Medical Association WA president Dave Mountain said users of supplements like Jack3d risked heart arrhythmia and other problems.
“It’s not a good way for people to be trying to stay awake to cope with their work life,” he told The West Australian.
“It’s dangerous if they’re driving or operating machinery and making poor decisions, which is not what you want when people are possibly working on mine sites.”
Jack3d is designed as a pre-workout supplement used to give added gym stamina, but there have been numerous reports of miners using it to get through long shifts when they are tired.
It contains caffeine and 1,3-Dimethylamylamine, which appears on the World Anti-Doping Agency prohibited list, and is banned from professional sports competition.
On its website Jack3d said the powder had “minimal known side effects”.
“Because of the caffeine content, we will never recommend more than 3 scoops of Jack3d, and most beginners should start with half a scoop and only increase by a half scoop at a time,” it said.
Jack3d is the latest drug to gain popularity in the mining industry, following on from the ban of the synthetic cannabinoid Kronic last year.