Survey Shows HGH Use On The Rise Among Teens
Campbell Co., VA - Use of human growth hormones among American teens has doubled in the past year. The Partnership for Drug Free Kids released the results of their survey which is now raising some major questions and concerns.Experts blame easy internet availability coupled with social pressures to look and perform your best. We caught up with athletes and their coaches at Brookville High School in Campbell County to see their continued efforts to keep clean."Unfortunately it's that shortcut to the scholarship is the way the kids see it. They got to get bigger. They got to do this, they got to do that, and they think it's a shortcut or immediate gratification and the risks that go with it are so high that it's not worth it" said Brookville High School Athletic Director, Larry Kidd." said Kidd.Kidd was concerned with a new study showing 11% of high school students admitted to using synthetic human growth hormones."There's nothing that nature can't take care of itself; with eating the proper diet, proper exercise, proper training" said Kidd.A rule he's instilled in all his athletes."We talk more about doing that and you don't need to spend all this money on these side things that we don't know how they affect your body" said Jonathan Meeks, Brookville's Head Football Coach.Meeks drills it home to his team by restricting everything from supplements, to energy drinks."I'm a bigger fan of hard work and diet. I think those can accomplish a lot if you're eating right and working right" he said.That mantra is making gains. More than 20 varsity players showed up Thursday for a voluntary summer work out in the weight room."You have enough energy, enough time, enough just heart to work without it and get bigger than waste your time injecting and taking pills and just being stupid. I think it's probably one of the biggest mistakes a kid can make" said Tyler Williams, a Brookville High School Football Player. The kids we spoke with were all doing it the old fashioned way, with hard work and time spent in the weight room. The survey is done annually by The Partnership for Drug Free Kids. This year's 11%, was at 5% for the previous four years.