Illinois to continue steroid testing in high schools

The state of Illinois will continue their high school steroid testing program.  They recognize that the primary purpose of such a testing program is to deter young people from using these drugs.  The program is not about counting how many kids they can “catch” doing these drugs.

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Drug tests to continue for Ill. high school sports

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS August 9, 2011 7:32AM

The association that oversees Illinois high school sports has announced it will continue testing athletes for performance enhancing drugs.

The Illinois High School Association said Monday its board voted to continue the testing that started in the 2008-09 school year. Illinois is one of three states that test high school athletes for performance enhancers such as steroids.

The association said it tested 747 athletes last school year and had four positive tests. Two of those were cleared by medical review and two were found to be true positives.

IHSA executive director Marty Hickman said critics might consider the low number of positive test results a reason to stop testing. But he said the program is meant to be a deterrent rather than to catch all offenders.

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