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Texas High School Steroids Testing Program On The Chopping Block

Wichita Falls, TX - Texas lawmakers are discussing the option to do away with its high school steroids testing program.

State officials once touted the program as a model for the rest of the country to follow, but now they may be taking away its funding. 

The state has spent  $10 million dollars testing more than 63,000 students since 2007. A recent University Interscholastic Report shows it has only caught a handful of students positive of using the drug.

Opponents of the program say it was poorly designed from the beginning and believe that drug users are slipping through the cracks. 

A UIL report for 2013 - 2014 shows the state conducted more than 2,633 test across 172 schools. More than 2,405 boys and nearly 228 girls were tested representing 10 sports.

Of those tested, only two students tested postive for steroids and seven students violated protocol for unexcused abscenses during the time testing was administered.

State officials are mulling over reports that many believe shows the program is ineffective. 

If lawmakers decide to nix the program, they estimate it could save the state about $500,000 a year and New Jersey and Illinois will be the only states to have state wide high school steriods testing programs in the country. 

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6 
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