Five Texas Congressmen have written to the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) asking the agency to “consider incorporating the Taylor Hooton Foundation’s Hoot’s Chalk Talk education program into a national campaign focused on the use of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs.”
Congressmen Johnson, Marchant, Sessions, Burgess and Hall all signed the letter of support.
“We are extremely pleased to see that our Texas Congressional delegation recognizes the need to develop a national education program targeted at Appearance & Performance Enhancing Drug (APED) use by the youth of this country,” commented Don Hooton, president of the Taylor Hooton Foundation. He continued, “Our goal is to deliver our Hoot’s Chalk Talk program in every major high school in this country. And, our ability to achieve this goal would be greatly enhanced if we are able to partner with a large national organization like SAMHSA.”
Recent market research has revealed that almost 85% of our nation’s youth have never had a coach, parent, or teacher speak with them about the dangers of performance enhancing drugs.