Florida Will Begin Testing High School Athletes Randomly for Steroids and Other Drugs

By: Victorida Langley
By: Victorida Langley

As many as 20 thousand of Florida’s teen athletes could be tested for steroids under a bill signed into law Tuesday by the governor.

Charlie Crist added his seal of approval to a bill that orders the Florida High School Athletic Association to establish a random testing program for anabolic steroids and test as many as one percent of the teens who take part in football, baseball or weightlifting.

“The Florida legislature, I think, has done a great service by leading the nation, if you will, in having testing at the high school level for student athletes. It’s a responsibility to teach our children about the serious health risks that could be involved as well as the legal penalties associated with the use of steroids.”

By creating awareness among athletes, parents, coaches and school administrators early, we can help prevent serious health problems and drug abuse later on.”

Half a dozen high school athletes and three of their coaches attended the bill signing ceremony at the state capitol and all of the coaches voiced support for the new law.

Crist told the coaches, “By creating awareness among athletes, parents, coaches and school administrators early, we can help prevent serious health problems and drug abuse later on.”


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