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Progress Report: Steroid Education Programs Are Available, But Most School Districts Still Do Not Test, Report No. 07-25, April 2007
 
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The Department of Education and the Florida High School Athletic Association have taken steps to educate student athletes, coaches, and district administrators about the dangers of steroid use. While no statutory changes have been implemented requiring student steroid testing to date, related legislation has been and continues to be introduced for debate. While some individual school districts test student athletes for drugs using federal grants or private funding, few include steroids. Student drug testing policies may restrict a district’s ability to test student athletes suspected of steroid use, as the definition of testing for cause or suspicion does not include steroid use outcomes. Currently, only one state, New Jersey, has a statewide student athlete drug testing program to detect steroid use.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 04-72 Information Brief: Though the Option Is Available, School Districts Do Not Test Students for Steroids, published in October 2004.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

School Safety, Security, and Discipline

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