Texas Set to Debate Steroid Tests for Student Athletes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas -- Is steroid testing for high school athletes worth the money?

That's the question Texas lawmakers will face in their upcoming session, as they debate whether to push ahead with a $6 million
program that has turned up very few steroid-using athletes.

Of the first 10,000 tested in the Texas program, only four were positive for steroids.

One critic calls it a colossal waste of taxpayer dollars that would be better spent steering kids away from alcohol or recreational drugs.

Texas has the most comprehensive program of any state. Florida tried one on a trial basis but scrapped it after it only one positive result in 600 tests.

New Jersey and Illinois are the only other states currently screening high school athletes for steroids.

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