Random steroid testing moving ahead

March 6, 2008 8:15:59 PM PST
Student-athletes as young as 14 will face steroid testing under a bill that has passed a state Senate committee today. Senate President Dick Codey is pushing for the measure, which would put force behind the random testing program that he ordered as acting governor two years ago.

The bill also mandates lessons about steroid abuse beginning in middle school athletics programs.

New Jersey was the first in the nation with its 2006 steroid-testing policy for high school athletes. Three other states - Illinois, Florida and Texas - have since adopted similar policies.

Athletes who test positive for any of more than 80 banned substances face a one-year loss of eligibility.