No Positive Results

September 13, 2018

Last year, none of the New Jersey athletes who were tested for steroids were found to have used any banned substances. According to nj.com, 498 male and female athletes from 65 schools were tested during the 2017-18 school year, in an attempt to determine whether they had used any of 80 banned substances. In the 2016-17 year, only one of the 502 athletes tested positive.

New Jersey has been testing high school athletes for banned substances since 2006, but only athletes who participate in state competitions are tested. Senator Richard Codey (D-Essex) has sponsored legislation to extend the testing, but the legislation has yet to pass.

On Wednesday, Larry White, Executive Director of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, said he was pleased with the results, but would like to see the testing expand.

“We would love to truly make it random because as of right now, when you’re only going to test those schools that make the state tournament, there’s maybe 70 percent of the schools that won’t,” White said. “We know that’s a problem, but with the limited budget that we have and now with costs going up, it’s tough.”

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