Contact Us
Make My Homepage

NJ Attacks Steroid Use Among Students [VIDEO]

Dino Flammia, Townsquare Media

A bill to discourage steroid use among student athletes received final legislative approval Monday, and now heads to Governor Chris Christie’s desk. The measure would implement the recommendations of the 2005 report of the Governor’s Task Force on Steroid Use and Prevention.

It would require a program of random steroid testing of student-athletes who qualify to compete in championship tournaments.

Richard Codey, sponsor of the measure in the Senate, said more than 200 students were randomly tested last year.

“There were five positives,” he said. That’s five too many.”

The bill would also require all public school coaches and non-public interscholastic sports, dance and cheerleading coaches to develop a program designed to reduce the use of steroids, alcohol and other drugs.

The developed programs would have to be submitted to the school’s Athletic Director.

Codey explained steroids bring about heart, liver and other problems later in life for New Jersey’s youth.

“We’ve seen suicides by athletes attributed to steroids,” Codey said.

In addition, the bill would require the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association to provide anti-steroid material for sale or distribution at any NJSIAA-sanctioned tournament.

 

Also, under the bill, the third week in September would be known as “Steroid Awareness Week” in New Jersey.

Codey expressed confidence Christie would sign the measure that addresses such a pressing issue for New Jersey’s young population.

Codey continued, “We have to get them while they’re young and prevent premature death.”

Final legislative approval was received in the full Assembly on Monday by a vote of 74-2.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.


Video by Dino Flammia

Best of the Web


Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://nj1015.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!