Texas may eliminate steroid testing program for high school athletes

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by JIM VERTUNO

Associated Press

Posted on January 30, 2011 at 3:36 PM

AUSTIN (AP) — The nation's largest high school steroids testing program may fall victim to budget cuts.

Texas has tested tens of thousands of high school athletes since 2008. The goal was to stop teens from taking dangerous performance-enhancing drugs. The death of a 17-year-old baseball player helped draw national attention to the hazard.

But a state House budget plan has eliminated money for the testing. Tough economic times are also prompting many school districts across the country to pull back from testing just a few years after a series of scandals in professional and amateur sports.

Supporters say Texas would be killing an important deterrent against drug use. Critics of the program say Texas has caught few steroid users and should spend the money on teachers and health care.

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