• Illinois high school athletes tested for steroids

    Date: 05.19.09 | by Judge Tom.

    Several states require student athletes to submit to random drug tests during the season for steroids.  Illinois may expand their program to postseason and include more players statewide.

    A bill passed the Illinois Senate in May, 2009 and was sent to the Governor for signing. Once a law, 25% of the state’s public high schools would be testing their athletes for performance-enhancing drugs. Coaches and trainers would be required to learn how to recognize the signs of substance abuse.

    Photo by Yogadude (Flickr)

    If an athlete tests positive, the penalty is a one-year suspension from sports. If the student completes a drug-education program and provides a clean drug test, the time may be shortened to 90 days.

    For more about drug-testing at school, see:  http://askthejudge.info/do-i-have-to-take-a-drug-test/45/

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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