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Schools hit hard by drug use

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, School Rugby on 31 May 2011 at 08:00
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The state of school rugby in South Africa might be at a great point with regards to the competitiveness amongst them, but this has a rather worrying downsize to it in the form of steroids.

A Sunday newspaper reported that a survey amongst the country’s top school boy rugby players has revealed the shocking truth behind the use of anabolic steroids. Some of the schools that have been named include St Albans, King Edward VII and St John’s, with the others spared the blushes.

Two St Albans boys and three King Edward boys’ urine samples came back positive with the St John’s boy having twice the amount of testosterone than other boys his age. In total, 130 pupils from 18 schools resulted in 21 testing positive for some form or variety of steroids.

St Stithians, Kearsney, Hilton College, Jeppe Boys’ High, St Benedicts and Clifton Boys High will be tested over the following few months. Of the schools that were involved in these tests, there were two that had no pupils with positive results, St David’s Marist Inanda and Pretoria Boys High.

The side effects of steroids include:

- High Blood Pressure
- Heart enlargement
- High cholesterol
- Liver and kidney damage
- Infertility
- Psychological effects including aggression and depression

The positive thing in KwaZulu Natal is that from next year, all schools will be accredited to the Discovery Shark Smart Schools of Excellence, which will enforce the testing at schools. Let’s hope this will eradicate the drug use in our schools.


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