Where to Get Help

It’s no secret that the Olympics, professional sports, and big time colleges have been grappling with steroids for years.  What many people don’t realize is that steroids have spilled past the bounds of these marquis athletes to affect over half a million high school students in a given crop.

Fortunately, some extremely bright and dedicated people have been fighting to put steroids under a spotlight and bring down those staggering numbers, and I’d like to acknowledge a few of the individuals and organizations that have been at the forefront of the battle.

First, I’d like to thank Dick Butkus and Matt Butkus who’ve leveraged their respective status as NFL and collegiate greats to reach out to millions of high school students through the “Play Clean” initiative.  

Next, I’d like to thank Taylor Hooton's family and Efrain Anthony Marrero's family for transforming the suicides of their gifted, young sons into educational platforms through which countless other families may be spared from such suffering.

Finally, no discussion on this subject would be complete without thanking Drs. Linn Goldberg and Diane Elliot of Oregon Health and Science University for their ground-breaking work with ATLAS and ATHENA, a pair of gender-specific, team-centered programs that have helped middle and high school students across the nation learn how to excel in their chosen venues without steroids or other performance enhancing crutches.  

If you’re of a mind to do your own research, here are several other organizations that can be trusted to provide you with reliable information about anabolic steroids and other performance enhancing drugs:

National Institute on Drug Abuse at www.steroidabuse.org or (800)662-4357

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol & Drug Information at www.health.org  or (800)729-6686

The Hormone Foundation at www.hormone.org (follow the ‘Learn More About Hormone Abuse’ link)

Mayo Clinic Medical Services www.mayoclinic.com (search site for ‘anabolic steroids’)