Should NJ Students Be Taught the Dangers of PEDs? [AUDIO]
Even if you're not a big baseball fan, you've probably heard that former National League MVP Ryan Braun has been suspended for the rest of the season in connection with the MLB's probe into performance enhancing drugs (PEDS). Many feel the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez is next.
One New Jersey lawmaker says because a lot of kids look up to pro athletes, maybe it's time students should be taught about the dangers of PEDs.
New Jersey already tests high school athletes for steroids. State Senator and former Governor Dick Codey spearheaded the effort to make that the law. Requiring schools to talk about PEDs in gym class is a good idea too according to Codey.
"It's something I think we've got to look at," says Codey. "Maybe something within physical education…Absolutely and I think I'm going to speak to a bill drafter and have that drafted up and introduced as soon as possible."
Most sports fans have been hearing about steroids since the 1970s and early 80s. PEDs and Human Growth Hormones (HGH) are now big in the news. Multiple Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has finally admitted he used them and Major League Baseball is now relentlessly pursuing players suspected of taking them.
"Schools should include this in a message about performance enhancing drugs and how bad they are for you," says Codey. "It would be part of the curriculum because phys ed is mandated."
This wouldn't be a heavy lift predicts Codey and he says he wouldn't have to cost taxpayers a dime.
"Instead of just rolling out balls and having the kids shoot baskets or play volleyball or whatever, a lecture on performance enhancing drugs I think is very important," explains Codey.