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Stop Steroid Use! - The American Sport Anti-Doping Act

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This petition was made to override the steroid laws that govern all major league sports and high school sports, and seeks to educate the youth of our nation through a very effective program. This is an American independent act that oversees all major league sports in the United States. Testing policies for all professional athletes in the United States will be similarly modeled off of the World Anti-Doping Agency, or WADA, policies. WADA is an agency that tests Olympic athletes. Professional athletes in baseball, football, basketball, hockey, and all other pro sports in the United States would face the same stringent penalties as the Olympic athletes. These penalties would be a two-year ban from that particular sport for the first offense and a lifetime ban for the second offense. The American Sport Anti-Doping Act would require education and testing in all 50 states in America. Steroid education is severely lacking in the schools of the United States. According to the D.A.R.E. website, over 36 million children around the world, 26 million whom are in America, are part of the drug resistance program. Steroids, though equally as harmful, are currently not one of the many drugs that D.A.R.E. officers teach in their programs. Implementing steroid abuse as a part of the D.A.R.E. program would be an effective and cheap way to teach our nation’s youth about the dangers this drug. As of now, only three states have implemented steroid testing to high schools. Texas, New Jersey, and Illinois are the only three states that have random steroid testing for high school athletes. Though this is an expensive feat, it would be required that all professional sports leagues have a set-aside fund in which they help pay for testing in high schools across the nation. It would also be required that the money received from the fines given to professional athletes for violating a substance abuse policy would be used to help fund the testing of high school athletes.

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