State Lawmakers to Discuss High School Steroid Testing Program

By Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Athletes using steroids has been an issue for major league sports, but high school testing started in 2007. 

Since then, some lawmakers say the program is a success, and cuts down on steroid use. 

However, is steroid testing for high school sports here in West Texas worth all the the money?

No other State screens for steroids as much as Texas, and out of the first ten thousand tested, only four were steroid postive.

"I'm aware that there are probably people who use steroids. I just don't think it's that big of a problem for a $6 million price tag," Lee High School Basketball Coach Mark Coffman, said.

Coffman says testing for steroids is good, but he doesn't see it as an issue here in the Basin.

"I've been coaching for 27 years. I have yet to come across someone that used steroids and I just don't see it being a big problem," Coffman said. 

Now state law makers must decide whether the 6 million dollar program is even worth keeping around. Some tax payers say it's too much money to be wasting on something that isn't even an issue. 

"For a tax payer, I think it would be one of those deals where you would cringe at the six million dollars," Tax Payer Robert Castillo, said. 

Some lawmakers say that since it's only been a year of testing, it's too early to decide if any major changes should be made about the program. This upcoming session will decide the fate of steroid testing.