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Struthers BOE approves drug testing for athletes

Published: Tue, July 16, 2013 @ 9:50 p.m.


Beginning this fall, Struthers City Schools will implement mandatory drug testing for all student athletes in grades seven through 12.

The board of education approved the drug-testing policy as an appendix to the existing athletic department handbook at its regular meeting Tuesday, which also functioned as an open forum for community members.

“It was a long conversation, but I’m very happy that the board took a step forward,” said schools Superintendent Joseph Nohra, who added that the district will not incur any cost for the drug testing. “It’s for the health and well-being of our kids.”

Under the new policy, all students involved with any athletic extracurricular programs, including cheerleading, will be drug-tested through the Toledo-based Great Lakes Biomedical within the first two weeks of their respective seasons.

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1cycler(57 comments)posted 3 years ago

It's unfortunate that the families will have to waste their money on such a mis-informed program. The vendor has for profit programs all over the state yet the science and every study ever done on suspicionless student athlete drug testing demonstrates no lasting effect, a return to previous drug use levels and even an increase in high risk behaviors and drug use among those marginal participants who will now opt out of sports participation. Well intentioned but foolish and wasteful. Did no one look at the facts ?

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2endthismess(464 comments)posted 3 years ago

Great move Struthers BOE!! And..... not a waste of money. Facts support that drug use is and has been an ongoing and increasing problem in high school. This is has been a long time coming and the reality is quite simple...if you pass...then you will play. Certainly these test fees and/or repeated fees for each sport can be made and will become affordable...or perhaps some local businesses will underwrite the costs (so long as each candidate remains clean) in trade for advertising and sponsorship etc. Yes people....this is where our troubled society has dumbed down to....the pro's take enhancement plus who knows what additional Heinz 57 variety of supplemental and stimulent drugs and then go out play for money...so...what message is being sent to our school age youth? And yes.....this is a fact cycler the is the way it is now.

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3cycler(57 comments)posted 3 years ago

endthismess: The policy will do nothing to change behaviors in the long term while actually INCREASING high risk behaviors in a sub-segment of the target population. That is not my opinion, that is the outcome of numerous studies over the twenty years these programs have been in existence. There may well be other positive intangibles but On the other hand not one study has been published in a high quality journal that demonstrated changed behaviors after the season. So, I ask, what IS the point ?

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