Session to address use of steroids

September 30, 2007

"Powered by Me: Playing Safe, Fair and Sober," a program for coaches, athletes and parents on the use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs -- as well as energy drinks and sports drinks -- will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School.

The "Powered by Me" program is sponsored statewide by St. Joseph's Hospital. HC Drug Free is co-sponsoring it in Howard County with the Wilde Lake High School PTSA and boosters.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association-certified substance-abuse education program will address the pressures on athletes to excel, the use of anabolic steroids and other performance enhancing substances to increase strength, power, speed and endurance, the short- and long-term physical and psychological effects of use, and how to get help.

The speaker will be Mike Gimbel, director of Substance Abuse Education at Sheppard Pratt Health Systems.

Information: HC DrugFree, 410-799-4879 and hcdrug free.org; St. Joseph's, 410-337- 1337 and www.powered bymemd.org.

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