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Young Athletes Warned of Drug Dangers
Date:6/24/2010

vered that he had hypertension from the medication, which was affecting his ocular nerve and causing the bouts of “blindness.” Within two weeks of starting, Adams was done with steroids forever. And he made it to the NFL and a successful career with the Steelers.

“It’s a real experience that is meaningful to young athletes,” Adams says of the ordeal that nearly finished his football career before it got started. “Many others haven’t been as lucky, so I always try to bring home that drugs don’t mix with success in sports or any other zone. They kill people, ruin relationships and destroy lives and the evidence is all around us.”

A recent study of emergency room visits involving non-medical use of prescription drugs revealed an increase of 111 percent between 2004-2008. The Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Thomas Frieden stated that non-medical use of prescription drugs is now as common as illicit drugs.

Adams recommends a free education resource to students, parents, coaches and educators called the Foundation for a Drug-Free World for its youth-friendly materials based on authoritative studies and surveys. The Foundation’s Truth About Drugs education series includes 13 booklets and 16 public service messages on the most commonly abused drugs, including prescription drugs. There is also a new 13-chapter, 90-minute documentary based on interviews with more than 200 former addicts, giving
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