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Should high schools test for steroids?

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In the wake of the Alex Rodriguez drug scandal, officials want to crack down on athletes that may be using steroids – that even includes high school athletes.

The Florida High School Athletic Association wants school district to enforce stricter steroid testing in schools, as reported by the Miami Herald.

They say something must be done to make sure performance-enhancing drugs aren't being used by student athletes.

FHSAA Executive Director Roger Dearing said the agency has had their backs turned for too long, and now is the time for something to be done.

The agency learned last week that the same clinic that supplied PEDs to professional ballplayers allegedly also supplied them to high school athletes, spurring the urgency for change.

The FHSAA is putting together an advisory committee of 16 people to come up with an idea for a new testing policy.

However, the tests don't come cheap.

Each drug tests costs $150; there are about 283,000 student athletes in Florida high schools.

The total costs of the tests could come to about $42 million a year, which everyone agrees is simply not possible.

The agency does say, however, that school districts need to test any student athlete they suspect of using steroids, as well as punishing adults that allow it to happen.

This will be difficult for school districts to fund. However, the FHSAA said they think local businesses will step up to help as they have in the past.

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