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State begins big push against teen steroid use

State begins big push against teen steroid use



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Mary Richards reportingWhile professional athletes are starting to get into more trouble for using steroids, Utah authorities hope to convince high school athletes never to start. An assembly today at Alta High School began a big push across the state against steroid use.

A video startled many teens in the audience when it frankly pointed out the physical, emotional and legal effects of steroid use.

Alta head football coach Lance Hamilton hoped they got the message. "We're trying to bring some awareness to these young people to let them know that the risks are not worth taking that chance," he said.

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff told the teens using steroids is cheating. "It's illegal, and because it's illegal it is cheating," he said.

Shurtleff says this message will go around the state and country.

One in 20 student athletes in the nation has tried or uses anabolic steroids.

E-mail: mrichards@ksl.com

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