Like Sen. Patrick, I've long thought these tests were a "colossal waste of money." I'd suggested testing police officers - for whom the issue is a more serious, documented problem - might get more bang for the public policy buck than going after high school students. When the budget is tight, though, there are many competing demands for that $6 million, nearly all of which would be more productive than this program turned out to be.
The results so far have found little to confirm fears that steroid use is a rampant problem. When the first 10,000 tests found only four positive results, critics declared the two-year program a waste of time and money.
Now state lawmakers must decide whether to keep the $6 million program chugging along, scale it down or eliminate it. The 2009 legislative session starts Tuesday. ...
Critics rolled their eyes when the first results were released.
According to a University Interscholastic League report released Dec. 1, the first 10,117 tests produced only the four confirmed cases of steroid use. ...
Republican state Sen. Dan Patrick has been a vocal critic of the tests, calling them a "colossal waste of taxpayer money" that could be better spent battling recreational drug and alcohol use among teens.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Tight state budget, minimal results may doom HS steroid testing
AP's Jim Vertuno says that de minimus results and the looming budget crisis may combine to eliminate Texas' $6 million per year steroid testing program for high school athletes: