Helping To Make The Message Stick
In Illinois, they're taking some positive steps to combat steroid use by high school students in general and high school athletes in particular:
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), have taken a proactive educational role toward steroid awareness through a multi-media educational package that is being distributed to all IHSA member schools.These are some steps in the right direction, but it's a message that our young people can't hear enough. With recent scandals involving the use of performance enhancement drugs (especially in major-league baseball) kids have been seeing examples of athletes who do use these substances and are still earn millions in salary and endorsements.
The array of DVDs, brochures, and posters is designed to help educate high school administrators, athletic directors, coaches, parents and students about steroid abuse.
Two 10-minute videos include interviews with Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green. Lori Lewis shares with parents how she courageously blew the whistle on her son and his teammates after finding anabolic steroids in her son's room. Don Hooton tells the story of his son, Taylor, who tragically took his own life after suffering from depression following steroid abuse. Ric Dye, a former high school and semi-pro football player, shares his story of side effects resulting from long-term steroid use.
Last year, the Illinois General Assembly approved Senate Bill 0064, which amends the Illinois School Code to require school districts to provide steroid education to students who participate in interscholastic programs.
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