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Friday 16, Dec 2011

  Steroid ring bust result in concerns

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The Warren County’s Prosecutor’s Office and the Drug Task Force were asked by officials at the Countryside YMCA to investigate hear sayings that someone was trying to push anabolic steroids to high school athletes.

Thirty-three people were indicted on nearly 250 charges involving the multi-state drug trafficking ring after a two-year investigation.

Maj. John Burke, Drug Task Force commander, said “the undercover officer said high school folks were definitely involved, but we were never able to identify who they were or what school they were from.”

Sunday 04, Dec 2011

  HWA wrestler arrested in steroid bust

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Chris Carnage, the HWA wrestler, has been indicted on drug trafficking, drug possession, and other felony charges.

Carnage was indicted for his involvement in a steroid ring that allegedly imported drugs from China, processed them in Tennessee, and then sold them to high school athletes and other customers.

The wrestler worked mostly in the Mid-West and some southern federations including working a TV taping for Ohio Valley Wrestling in 2010.

Friday 01, Apr 2011

  Funding reduced for steroid program

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Funding reduced for steroid programEnglish textbooks and new science labs for Texas students would be on the chopping block, according to the Texas Education Agency‘s budget reduction plan, requested by Gov. Rick Perry and other state leaders.

The plan will also mean reducing funding for a steroid testing program for high school athletes.

Several proposed textbook purchases have been delayed in recent years to cope with drops in state revenue. That means students have to continue using old and often outdated textbooks for longer than intended.

The proposed cutbacks total approximately $262 million for the 2012-13 budget.

Thursday 13, Aug 2009

  New house bill on steroid testing approved in Illinois

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New house bill on steroid testing approved in IllinoisMarengo Democrat representative, Jack Franks recently sponsored a new legislation, House bill 272. It takes effect immediately and is set to expire on July 1, 2011. It was signed last Friday, August 7 by Governor Pat Quinn. The house bill states that random steroid testing will be conducted on high school athletes during their sports’ playing seasons. Students who will test positive or who refuses to subject himself to such testing will be banned from playing for a certain period of time.

The test outcome will not be divulged to the public. Only the student, his parents and his coach will be notified of the result. The law requires that at least 1,000 student athletes will be checked per season.

It also requires high school coaches to undergo an educational program about preventing steroids abuse or other performance-enhancing substances.

The Illinois high school association already conducts such testing during state championships. Other schools are also on board with the new law. High school coaches are fully supporting the new law because they think that it would be a good way to prevent high school kids from substance-abuse and making bad choices in general.

According to Murphysboroamerican:

High school student-athletes will be subject to random testing for steroids and other banned performance-enhancing substances throughout the school year under a new law that Gov. Pat Quinn signed on Friday.

While the Illinois High School Association already conducts such testing during state championship competitions, the new law spells out that at least 1,000 student-athletes will be checked during their sports’ playing seasons.

Friday 20, Feb 2009

  ANTI-DRUG CAMPAIGNS IN CALIFORNIA

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anti-drug-campaigns-in-californiaIn the effort to extend the anti-steroid and anti-addictive drug abuse to the youth, different cities in California have developed various drug testing programs for their student athletes. In the city of Visalia, high schools will also be subjecting their cheerleaders to the same drug tests done on sports athletes. According to a coach, the main reason is that cheerleading is a dangerous activity and that parents wouldn’t want their girls being thrown high up by a drug user. The drug policy was approved last month and plans to test 10 students weekly at each high school. The school principal would be the one who would be holding the list of positive results and she would inform the parents of these students. While the athletes or the cheerleaders can still continue participating in activities, they will be put in a guidance counseling program that would determine if they need further therapy. Unfortunately, Visalia doesn’t have the budget to test for steroid use and the program all-in-all had to be temporarily stopped due to lack of funds.

The city of Clovis, on the other hand, makes sure that the privacy issue is addressed by sending the results directly to the parents of those who had tested positive for drugs. Unlike Visalia, Clovis high schools also test for the use of performance enhancing drugs such as anabolic steroids.

Tuesday 03, Feb 2009

  BALTIMORE CONTINUES CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT THEIR YOUTH FROM USING STEROIDS

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roid_busters-steroidsDifferent states have different ways of trying to inform the youth of the dangers of using anabolic steroids and indirectly, to teach them not to take the “easy” way in order to perform better in sports. The adults of Baltimore had already started its campaign aimed at this cause last year as part of the Powered by Me! program of St. Joseph Medical Center. The first phase was labeled as “Physician Awareness of Steroids and Supplements” or PASS, and made use of doctors to efficiently determine whether a student is using steroids. Physicians were given a list of what to look for during checkups.

The second phase of the program has just recently been launched and yes, it also made use of the abbreviation PASS. This time though, the P stands for parents. The program’s director, Mike Gimbel, believes that parents have a critical role in spreading the message and inspiring their children not to use steroids. They have already set various paraphernalia to help parents reach out to high school athletes and other high-risk youth.

Wednesday 21, Jan 2009

  TEXAS LOCAL SUPPORTS STEROID TESTING PROGRAM

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gov-rick-perry-steroidsJust last week, Gov. Rick Perry agreed that the $6 million drug testing program for local high school athletes is a bit too pricey and could be rolled back. The first batch of results is from 10,000 students participating in spring activities and only four yielded positive results. While the 2nd batch of results isn’t in, Perry stated that anabolic steroids aren’t a major problem among Texas teens since the tests only had very low positive results. This comment caused a mixed reaction among the people.

Don Hooton thinks that the low positive count is the result of the steroid testing program. Without the program, students will be less aware of the consequences of using performance enhancing drugs. Hooton wants for the state to wait for the second batch of results before jumping into any conclusions. He also wants to have enough time for his experts under the Taylor Hooton Foundation to analyze the results and review the protocol. He is disappointed that Perry and some critics support the stand that the program has to be removed.

The governor’s office said that there is no official decision on the program yet. Perry also said that he had no issues with the program per se, just the high budget that went along with it.

Friday 16, Jan 2009

  HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE SPEAKS UP ABOUT SUPPLEMENT USE

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highschoolfootball-steroidsA local high school athlete revealed a shocking practice in a local varsity football. Apparently, their coaches are promoting the use of legal supplements that allows them to gain more muscle bulk and enhance their performance. These supplements serve as alternative to anabolic steroids and also act as pro hormones.

Thursday 15, Jan 2009

  TEXAS: TORN BETWEEN MONEY AND STEROID TESTING

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gov-steroidsTexas is now faced with a difficult decision: keeping a steroid testing program that adds $4,709 of extra costs to high schools every 2 years or letting go of the program that could possibly train their youth to become clean, disciplined athletes in the future.

It all started way back in 2005 when concerns that steroid use has spread until the high school level were at its peak. Lt Gov. David Dewhurst doubled his efforts in pushing for an anabolic steroids testing program in order to serve as a deterrent to steroid use. This gave birth to a 6 million dollar program that was expected to test about 40,000 to 50,000 high school athletes– boy or girl, whatever sports they may be in.

The results of the first 10,000 tests were astounding. Only four students tested positive for steroids, making you wonder what happened to the “steroid outbreak” in Texas high schools. Other tests results were rather doubtful.

Is the program still necessary then? According to Rep. Dan Flynn, the Texas program should keep going although something might be done with the rather large budget for it. It will be sized down to produce “statistically significant” results and hopefully remain as an effective deterrent for steroid use.