Welcome to Our Brand New All Me League Blog

posted on January 12th 2017 in All Blogs & Education with 0 Comments /

As the widely recognized national leader on the topic of youth Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drug (APED) use by youth, I feel it is way past time that we create a place where we can share our insights and opinions into the ever-increasing APED problem. 13 years after losing our 17 year-old son, Taylor, to anabolic steroids, and 12 years after the Steroids in Baseball Congressional Hearings (the most watched hearings in the history of the Congress!), most Americans still are of the belief that APED use is limited to professional athletes.

Fighting an Epidemic

In the coming weeks, I will lay out the case for why we know that we are facing a problem that has reached near-epidemic proportions. APED use among our nation’s youth is not a small problem and it continues to grow. APED use is not limited to just youth athletes; it’s become a socially acceptable behavior among our kids. APED use is a worldwide problem being driven by a growing obsession with body image combined with easy access to these drugs, drugs that work in a very short period of time providing a shortcut to cheap success.

Gym SupplementsAPED use did have its roots in professional athlete locker rooms and professional body building competitions. It moved down the food chain into collegiate locker rooms and then into our high schools. What was once the primary purview of these high school and college locker rooms, it has morphed into something that is much more widespread and much more dangerous.

It was once the crutch that high school football, baseball, and other players used to be bigger, faster and stronger. But, as we’ve learned, the other kids in school recognized that buff athletes were capturing the attention of members of the opposite sex. They figured out that if steroids and other APEDs were a panacea to success in the social realm for athletes, that they too could achieve success by using these drugs! I will lay out the data that supports this case as time goes on.

I’ll use this Blog to answer questions like:

  • Where do these kids get their hands on these drugs?
  • Are the dietary supplements that our kids are taking by the grocery basket load safe?
  • How many of these dietary supplements are contaminated/spiked with APEDs like anabolic steroids?
  • How risky is it when our children are ingesting or injecting these APEDs?
  • What are our government officials doing to get this problem under control?
  • What can we (you and me) do to help our kids stay away from this new set of drugs?

In this blog, I’ll share the truth about the lack of awareness among medical professionals about the breadth of this epidemic. And, about the lack of the existence of medical protocols for our Pediatricians and other doctors to refer to when the do discover that our children have been using these drugs. We have a lot of work to do to share our stories and to paint the picture of what the truth is about this problem. So, let’s get started.

about the author: Don Hooton