Now the results are nearly all in, and the state got back only two positive tests after randomly testing more than 10,000 student athletes. That rate of return is good news to the extent it confirms steroid use isn't a big problem among Texas high school athletes, but it was sure a massively expensive and needless waste of time and money to prove that point.
Dallas PD recently announced it would begin steroid testing for its officers, but most other Texas police departments do not. As I'd argued in the comments to a prior Grits post:
Certainly there are good arguments for police officers wanting to take steroids, and I'm actually quite sympathetic to the idea that they ought to be able to do so. My personal view is that steroids, like marijuana, pose modest risks that are knowingly taken by those using the substances, and probably should be legalized. But as long as steroids are illegal, making sure cops don't participate in an illicit drug culture is a LOT more important than policing [athletes].When I wrote that I was talking about professional athletes, but that goes double for high-schoolers where the state testing regimen proved there was no significant problem. If testing for police officers revealed similarly low rates, I'd be happy to be proven wrong. But the stakes are a lot higher and from anecdotal accounts, the problem of steroid use among police is more widespread than these data reveal among high school jocks.