West Coast say they remain on a constant red alert to the scourge of drugs amid claims that players from WA's two clubs are at high risk because of the prevalence of amphetamines in WA society.
Fremantle chief executive Steve Rosich said his club would continue to tackle the issue "strongly".
Both clubs want the illicit drugs policy tightened to keep them more informed and to clamp down on players who were - in West Coast chief executive Trevor Nisbett's words - "thumbing their nose" at the AFL's illicit drugs policy.
The potential danger facing WA players was put in perspective at the AFL's drug summit this week by University of Melbourne academic and illicit drugs researcher, Associate Professor John Fitzgerald, who quoted 2012 drug statistics from the Australian Crime Commission's annual report to indicate an amphetamines epidemic in WA.
"It shows the number of seizures and the weight of seizures from each State and Territory," associate professor Fitzgerald said. "If you look at the number of seizures in WA compared to the number of seizures in Victoria, the number of seizures is actually quite high.
"It is actually three times as high as Victoria.
"When you adjust that per head of capita it becomes quite an interesting observation.
"It could reveal two things.
"One could be that police are much more vigilant in policing amphetamines in WA than they are in Victoria, which is possible given that heroin is less available in WA than it is in Victoria.
"But the other likelihood is that amphetamines are actually more widely available."
Nisbett said the Eagles, rocked by a drugs furore last decade, were not afraid to confront the problem and constantly educated players on the risks they faced.
"We have to maintain a standard of education and understanding with our group and we just have to keep at it," Nisbett said.
"Our guys don't just come out of thin air, they come out of a society into a pretty controlled environment and a lot of the stuff they have learned is through their peers.
"Sometimes they've mixed with groups who do take drugs and consequently they've got to make a decision and a life choice.
"We've got a good handle on it now, but we will not take our eye off the ball.
"We have to be on alert all the time because illicit drugs are there and I don't think it's going to go away. It's always in the back of your mind and you're continually trying to educate your players that this isn't a good thing."
Fremantle had their own scandal in 2010 when Michael Johnson was found in possession of cocaine.
Rosich said illicit drugs were a complex issue for society.
He was hopeful the AFL would alter its policy to notify clubs of a player's second positive drug test.
"The policy will continue to be enhanced," Rosich said.
"There is good reason for clubs to play a greater role in the management of the policy. It will help us to educate players and to assist them to make sure there aren't issues, personally or professionally.
"That should be part of what we do in providing the best workplace we can."
Former Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett, a long-time critic of the drugs policy, described the drugs summit on Wednesday as a "cop out" after no immediate changes were made.
AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou said the self-reporting loophole which had dominated the football landscape in the lead-up to the summit would be closed, but he was not in a position to say exactly when.
"That's something that can be addressed fairly quickly," Demetriou said.
"It is an issue to close that loophole so it doesn't get exploited."AFL medical officers informed the summit that they didn't believe the exploitation of the loophole was a widespread problem.
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