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Following his bust for three unapproved painkillers following UFC 94, Karo Parisyan was hoping to take his suspension and try to move on with his life. Unfortunately, he’s still stuck in punitive limbo, as he was informed in a Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing yesterday that a final decision regarding his positive drug test won’t be announced until next month. Though Parisyan is still under a temporary suspension, his actual suspension will be retroactive to January 31st; in other words, it won’t begin on the date that the final suspension is determined, which is good news. Still, the uncertainty isn’t exactly helping the Heat’s panic-related issues. As he told MMA Junkie:
"I’ve got to come back (in March), and if they take my money and [heavily] fine me, I won’t make it until the end of the year. It’s that bad for me with income. If they won’t level with me, it’s going to be pretty hard for me.
I’m just going to tell them, ‘Listen, I’m sorry.’ I had a prescription for one pain pill; the other I didn’t have a prescription for. I have a very high resistance to pain pills, and I took some. I’m sorry.
This is the only way I have to support my family. If I don’t fight, I’m going to be homeless by the end of the year. I’m going to try to get married in August. If I don’t fight and I get fined, my entire year — everything I was supposed to do — will just go down the toilet. Between my marriage and my house, I’ll lose everything if you take my money away. So I beg God and I’m begging you guys, please don’t do that to me."
Listen Karo, as long as we have a couch, you’ll never have to be homeless. But yeah, the marriage and house thing kind of sucks. You’d think the half-dozen relatives that live with him would be able to help out in some way, but it’s a different culture, and we must not judge.
Related: Dr. Johnny Benjamin clarifies why painkillers like the ones Parisyan was taking are banned in mixed martial arts competition:
During the bout, the net effect of narcotic pain medication would tend to be more harmful than helpful to actual performance. A general dulling of the senses, slowed reaction time and poorer coordination would significantly outweigh any potential increase in pain tolerance.
As a physician that regularly treats trauma patients, any medication (narcotics, etc.) that can alter brain function and other vital systems (such as respiration) can pose a significant risk for those that suffer significant injury (a spleen injury, for example), head trauma, concussion and/or brain injury. This fact is the major reason that narcotics are banned — not because they are performance-enhancing drugs (PED).