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High School Athletes and Steroids

FOX19's Regina Carswell FOX19's Regina Carswell

Sammy Sosa and Mark Mcgwire are scheduled to testify before congress Thursday about steroids in baseball but the problem isn't just in professional sports. A new study shows hundreds of thousands of high school students are turning to steroids.

Steroids it's not just your pro athletes drug anymore. It is estimated that up to five percent of all male high school athletes use steroids. 

FOX19's Regina Carswell reports that it is expensive to test for steriod use that is why high schools aren't testing athlets for it, the Ohio Athletic high school association does not mandate the test.

According to a University of Michigan study though nearly 300,000 students between 8th and 12th grades nationwide are using. So how are they getting it?

Carswell talked to Jon Devine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital he told her that if you google 'steriod teenage use,' many of the first sites that you find are potential vendors selling steriods.

The steriod test costs approximately 50 to 100 dollars per test. 13 percent of all school districts test for drugs but almost none of them test for steroids.

 

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