THF speaks at U Georgia on performance-enhancing drugs

The University of Georgia Athletic Association and St. Mary's Health Care System will offer a free presentation on "Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs" Monday, Jan. 21, at Butts-Mehre Hall on the UGA campus.

The program will be from 6 to 7 p.m. and is presented by the Taylor Hooton Foundation.

A recent study by the University of Minnesota highlighted that about 1.5 million U.S. high school and middle school students - as many as 6 percent - have knowingly used anabolic steroids.

These numbers do not include the number of kids that are unknowingly ingesting anabolic steroids via the supplements they buy over the counter at local health food stores.

APEDs have been around sports for decades, but they became a mega-problem in the 1990s when highly visible players in American and Canadian professional sports began to flaunt their use of these drugs as a component of their success.

The public became accustomed to equating performance on the field with the use of APEDs.

Children also noticed, and they also began using anabolic steroids and other performance enhancing drugs.

The Taylor Hooton Foundation's primary goal is to raise awareness and provide education about the dangers and physical and psychological effects of performance-enhancing drugs.

For more information, call Sarah Black at 706-542-9060 or email sblack@sports. uga.edu.

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