School board member calls for study on PED tests
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A member of the Miami-Dade School board said she is keen on exploring the possibility of administering random drug tests in order to help stamp out the use of performing enhancing drugs among local students.
The discussion took place Friday at the Miami-Dade School Board building. Board member Raquel Regalado called for a feasibility study on random testing of students in any extracurricular activity, not just sports.
The concept of a feasibility study comes on the heels of the ongoing Biogenesis scandal, which revealed names of high school athletes as clients. "[For] all students in extracurricular activities in Miami-Dade County, there's been, obviously because of Biogenesis, an emphasis on PEDs, and the use of growth hormones for athletes, but there also exists in many districts, and a lot of parents are aware of this, the use of drugs by high achievers," said Regalado.
In 2007, the state paid for student testing, but at $106 per test per student, the state is asking the school districts to find a way to fund the tests.
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