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MEMORANDUM

Posted: December 12, 2013 12:51 PM
From: Representative Joseph Hackett
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution Condemning the use of Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs)
 
Colleagues –

The use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) by athletes is an issue which has received widespread attention in recent years from professional sport leagues.  Numerous stars of baseball and football have been caught using these substances and, subsequently, punished for doing so. 

However, lost in the discussion over whether the use of PEDs is cheating is the toll they take on a person’s body and mind.  One such “sport” that used to be promoted regularly by television sports networks was professional weightlifting.  There is no drug testing involved in this competition.  In fact, many argue that the use of PEDs is actually encouraged.  The results of this blatant disregard for safety are mind-boggling.  Since 2000, seven strongman competitors have died unexpectedly.

The lack of oversight by the governing body of these strongman competitions recently led to ESPN dropping them from its programming schedule.  However, the promotion of these events along with the occurrences in more prominent American professional sports causes me great concern for what example we are setting for our young student athletes.

Therefore, in the near future, I plan to introduce the attached resolution, which:
  • Condemns the use of PEDs by athletes and rebukes any organization that knowingly allows or encourages the use of PEDs; and
  • Calls on high school and college coaches and athletic directors in the state to educate themselves and their student athletes about the dangers of PEDs
This is a growing issue in our society.  The use of PEDs could arguably lead to other drug use and violent behavior and is a problem which must be addressed as soon as possible in an athlete’s career if any changes are going to be made.

Please feel free to contact Kevin Andrews in my office (kandrews@pahousegop.com) if you have any questions.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and support.

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Introduced as HR626