Texas ready to dump high school steroids testing program

By JIM VERTUNO
AP Sports Writer

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas appears likely to shelve its high school steroids testing program that state officials once touted as a model for the rest of the country.

Even those who pushed for the program in 2007 call it a colossal misfire. The state spent $10 million testing more than 63,000 public school students and caught just a handful of cheaters.

Some critics say the program was poorly designed to catch the drug users they insist are slipping through the cracks.

New Jersey and Florida were the first states to have such programs, but Texas employed its typical bigger-is-better swagger by pumping in millions to sweep the state for users.

If the program loses its funding this summer, New Jersey and Illinois will have the only statewide high school steroids testing programs in the U.S.

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