Hooton back in Louisiana to talk about steroidsDon Hooton, a native of Lafayette and the president of Taylor Hooton Foundation is back in Louisiana to talk about steroids in two Acadiana high schools, the St. Edmund’s School and Opelousas Catholic School.

According to him, teenagers usually learn about drugs, such as marijuana and cocaine, and alcohol. However, steroids are usually taken for granted. With fall sports nearing, many high-schoolers are preparing for try-outs. If they are not careful, they might end up resorting to unhealthy choices. There are about a hundred different types of steroids in the market, and they are easy to get anywhere.

Don Hooton started the Taylor Hooton Foundation after his son’s death in 2003. Taylor, was a 16-year-old student and baseball player at Plano West Senior High School in Plano, Texas. He was told by his coach that he needed to gain more weight in order to effectively compete in his senior year. He turned into steroids. However, he was unaware of the depression brought about by the substance.

Hooton’s Chat Talk is a program of the the Taylor Hooton foundation exclusively created to provide education and awareness against performance-enhancing drugs. It provides facts, side effects and dangers of using steroids especially among the youth.

From KATC:

Lafayette native Don Hooton speaks across the country about the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs, or steroids. He started a national organization, the Taylor Hooton Foundation, after his teenage son died from them. Now he is back in Acadiana to spread the word.