Texas ends steroid testing program

After eight years, Texas has pulled the plug on its steroid testing program for high school athletes.

Texas lawmakers have voted to withdraw funding for the program that spent over $10 million to try to catch student-athletes using steroids.  According to a story from The Associated Press, the first 30,000 tests found just 11 student-athletes in violation.

New Jersey was the first state in the nation to test for steroids at the high school level nearly 10 years ago.  According to a NJ.com story last September, during the 2013-14 school year, three student-athletes tested positive out of 495 that were tested.  During the 2012-13 school year, only one student-athlete failed out of 510 that were tested.

Like New Jersey, Illinois, which began its steroid tests in 2008-09, still checks student-athletes.  Florida dumped its steroid testing program in 2009.

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