Tuesday 25, Oct 2011
The face of performance enhancing drug and appearance enhancing drug use among teenagers is not necessarily who you think, as per a recent guest speaker at Logan-Rogersville High School.
“The fastest growing group of high school steroid users are freshman girls,” said Don Hooton Jr., director of business development for the Taylor Hooton Foundation.
The Taylor Hooton Foundation was founded in 2004 following the death of Hooton’s brother, who had been using two kinds of steroids to increase his chances of being his baseball team’s top pitcher.
Hooton addressed a student assembly Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 31; a second presentation was held that night for parents.
“If we’d educated ourselves, we would’ve known what was going on,” Don Hooton Sr. said in a video included in the presentation. “We never knew to equate this abnormal behavior as something other than ‘normal’ teenage behavior.”
“Not the kind of kid you think of doing something like this,” he told the students. Overachievers, though, are at high risk of being susceptible to performance- and appearance-enhancing drugs. “They think they are doing something healthy, getting their body in better shape.”
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