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    Is steroid use by high school athletes a widespread problem?

    Date: 01.12.09 | by Judge Tom.

    Boys and girls participating in high school volleyball, football, tennis, cross country and all other sports have been subjected to random testing for steroids in Texas this past year.  When professional athletes made headlines about steroid use around 2005, educators became concerned about the drugs coming into high schools.

    In the first published report of results on December 1, 2008, it appears that the problem is not widespread.  Of 10,117 students tested in 2008, only four were positive for steroids. This meant a 30-day suspension of the student from playing his or her sport for a first offense. The Texas Legislature may consider scaling the program back when it meets in 2009.

    Photo by Piedmont Photo (Flickr)

    Other states have conducted similar testing programs with much the same results. In Florida a one-year program in 2007 tested 600 student-athletes. It was discontinued after only one student tested positive.  In 2006, New Jersey conducted random tests that also produced one positive result in 500 athletes screened.  Illinois is currently testing their athletes who compete at championship events, but no results are available at this time.

    What do you think about random drug testing at school?  See more discussion about student drug testing and what the Supreme Court told 12-year-old James Acton.

    Is steroid use a concern at your school? If you suspected a friend of steroid use, what would you do? Are you aware of the dangers of using steroids? Discuss this with your friends and a school counselor to be current on what’s up with this health hazard.

    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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    • Amanda Hatley
      Wed, 01 Feb 2012 at 03:54

      Hello, my name is Amanda Hatley and I am a sophomore attending Glide High School. We are doing research on different issues that some people and places have. I am doing my research paper on steroid abuse in high school athletes. I was hoping you could send me some more information about the ways kids are abusing steroids in high school.
      Thank you.

      Amanda Hatley
      Dear Amanda: AsktheJudge.info is an educational site for & about teenagers and the laws that affect them. We are not a research site that collects and edits data on specific topics such as steroid abuse by students. We suggest you search Google for credible sources such as:
      Good luck.
      (This is information only – not legal advice).