The announcement of the study is a step in waking up America to address this problem, according to Don Hooton, founder of the Taylor Hooton Foundation.
“Our wakeup call begins with the recognition that we don’t know what we don’t know. We all need to understand that this problem is going in my child’s school and is most likely going on in my child’s circle of friends. We must realize that the solution to this problem begins with raising the awareness level of this drug problem,” he said in the release.
Study results show that the public does not see illegal use of steroids as a big problem among high school students, yet one out of two see it as a problem among college students and two out of three see it as a big problem for professional athletes. The survey shows that only one of two respondents had anyone discuss the negative health effects of steroid use with them, even though respondents almost unanimously admitted that steroids cause negative health effects.
“The results of this study show that steroids and performance-enhancing substances remain a mystery to the American public,” Jeff Idelson, president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, said in the release. “Our participation in this study is important as we educate thousands of high school students each year through our onsite and distance learning programs in Cooperstown. We believe the avenue to a cleaner society is in providing meaningful educational opportunities for those who set the example for the youth of today and tomorrow.”
The importance of the study shows that 64 percent of respondents believe high school boys are likely to use performance-enhancing substances, while 21 percent of respondents believe high school girls are likely to use performance-enhancing substances. The study also shows that only 17 percent of the American public believes that steroid use is a big problem among high school athletes.