"In sheer numbers far more teenagers have turned to steroids," reported CBS' John Blackstone, citing statistics from the Centers for Disease Control that 700,000 high school students had abused them. CBS' in-house physician Jon LaPook told Blackstone that "there is nothing scarier than a boy between the ages of 14 and 21." He described "the dangerous confluence of physical strength and really poor judgment. Now throw some extra testosterone into that. Watch out." George Mitchell himself told ABC anchor Charles Gibson (no link) that "the effect of steroids on youngsters can be much greater than that on adults because they are already going through serious hormonal changes."
At $200 each, steroids testing is far too expensive for most states to require for its high school athletes, CBS' Blackstone pointed out. The exception is Texas, where $6m will be spent to screen 25,000 teenagers.
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