South Florida Drug Scandal Causes FHSAA to Rethink Testing Policies
Published August 8th, 2013
GAINESVILLE- Its a problem that's trickling down to the high school arena.
"Biogenesis," a South Florida clinic with major league clientele including has been linked to the distribution of performance enhancing drugs.
The Florida high school athletic association is asking its medical policy experts for a complete review of policies regarding performance enhancing drugs.
FHSAA rules state that an athlete can be suspended for using performance enhancing drugs but while the biogenesis scandal has worried the organization, smith says funding a drug testing program may be difficult.
UF Sports Medicine expert, Seth Smith says,
"I think it's the unfortunate reality, I'm not sure that it's the right thing if you have to decide on how to spend your money. I think if you had to spend your money on education as opposed to blood tests, you know try to spend as much money as you can on educating the kids on the risks and the dangers that these medications are."
Here in Alachua county many are worried about the health of student athletes who may be tempted to use PED's... But no school actually tests for the drugs.
Nearly 800- thousand students are served through the FHSAA.
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