The Partnership at Drugfree.org calls on NFL and NFL Players Association to Finalize Agreement to Test for Human Growth Hormone

The Partnership at Drugfree.org responds to recent press reports indicating that the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFL Players Association regarding a test for Human Growth Hormone is being reexamined and the new testing protocol may not be in effect in time for the first game of the season on September 8:

“We were pleased that the NFL and the NFL Players Association came to an agreement on testing players both annually and randomly for Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and hope that the testing protocol will stand despite recent statements indicating that it may not be a done deal,” said Steve Pasierb, President and CEO of The Partnership at Drugfree.org.  “Football players, like all professional athletes, are role models and their use of any performance enhancing substances sends the wrong message to their fans, especially the youngest ones.  The Partnership at Drugfree.org is committed to healthy competition, including teaching kids about the dangers of using performance enhancing substances including HGH, and highlighting the accomplishments of clean athletes.”

The Partnership at Drugfree.org has been educating parents and teens about the dangers of performance-enhancing substances since 2004.  In addition to a national advertising campaign on the subject, the organization and Major League Baseball Charities launched the Play Healthy website to educate families on the risks of steroid and performance-enhancing substances and to recognize coaches and student athletes who embody the spirit of teamwork and drug-free competition.  In October, we will award the second annual Commissioner’s Play Healthy award to celebrate extraordinary individuals on and off the playing field.  Nominations of outstanding student athletes or coaches may be submitted online at drugfree.org/playhealthy until Friday, September 16, 2011.

The Partnership at Drugfree.org also has an online campaign with the Major League Baseball Players Association, “Healthy Competition: A Resource for Parents,” that offers unique insight from Major League baseball players on raising healthy student athletes.

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