Boozer on drug testing

Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2009

Carlos Boozer said he is in favor of a random drug testing program for high school athletes in Juneau.

"If it takes random drug tests to be implemented for kids to stop doing it, then that's what it takes," said the two-time NBA all star and former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball standout. "We have the same system in the NBA. Every player in the NBA has four random drug tests throughout the course of the season. I think it's helping out our league a little bit, too."

"...As a parent I don't want kids taking drugs to begin with, whether it be steroids or any other kind of drug," he said. "If it's in the community and kids are starting to do some, then I'll be very vocal about kids not doing drugs and letting them know that it's not something to get involved with."

A group of parents, coaches and citizens started a group calling for random drug testing for high school students in sports and activities amid widespread reports of OxyContin abuse in the community. The group wants the Juneau School Board to begin testing this fall.

A task force is studying testing programs and expected to craft a proposal to present to the School Board in August.

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