The Sports Link to Prevention of Drug Use

The Health, Student Support, and Discipline Division of the Texas Education Agency provides this web site as a means of support to administrators, coaches, teachers, parents, and students who wish to prevent students from illegal drug use. Student athletes who participate in the University Interscholastic League events each year can find information here that should strengthen their resolve to avoid use of anabolic steroids and other illegal drugs. Provided below are links to information that students need to make the right decisions for healthy, productive athletic careers.

Get the facts:

For every dollar spent in preventing students from using drugs, society saves ten dollars in paying for the consequences.

Negative effects on students using anabolic steroids include:

  • Weakening the body’s immune system;
  • Thinning of scalp hair and growth of facial hair in females
  • Impairing learning
  • Increased aggression, mood swings, and depression
  • Increased memory loss
  • Decreased testosterone and sperm-count levels

Check out these links:

This University Interscholastic League site provides information on its Steroid Testing Program.

The National Center for Drug Free Sport is a company devoted to preventing drug abuse in athletics.

Part of the Parents: the Anti-Drug campaign, this site provides parents with ideas and information for keeping their children from using illegal drugs.

This is the site of the U. S. Department of Health & Human Services Substance Abuse and Health Services Administration’s Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information.

At this site of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, click on “Steroids (Anabolic)” in the right-hand menu of “Drugs of Abuse” for further information on the dangers of steroid use by students.


For more information contact:

Curriculum Division