Recently, the legislation intended to help curtail steroid use by student-athletes received final legislative approval by the full Assembly by a vote of 74-2 and will now go to the desk of the Governor.

The bill would require all public school coaches and non-public interscholastic sports, dance, and cheerleading coaches to incorporate a gender-specific program designed to reduce the use of steroids, alcohol and other drugs and to promote healthy nutrition and exercise into the team’s training regimen.

“Coaches as well as student athletes need to fully understand the dangers of steroid use and abuse,” said Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer (D-Essex). “The earlier we can impress this on our student athletes, the better their health – both mental and physical – will be as adults.”