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High School Athletes Face Tougher Drug Ban

The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

High school athletes will face more specific performance-enhancing drug bans, under rules approved Tuesday by the Florida High School Athletic Association. 

Athletes found to be using human growth hormones, steroids and schedule-3 narcotics such as hydrocodone without a prescription will be ruled ineligible, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Previous rules had not specified which drugs would violate the policy. At least two Florida high school athletes have been accused of being clients at Biogenesis, the Miami anti-aging clinic at the center of a scandal involving professional baseball players Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun.

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