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Hillsborough coach says PEDs aren't an issue

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Earl Garcia's coached Hillsborough High School football longer than his players have been alive. This is his 40th year and he's seen a lot. He says even though Performance-Enhancing Drugs are in the spotlight right now, they're not in his locker room.

"Everything runs in phases," Garcia said. "For awhile it was heat-related illness, then concussion, then PED. It's the flavor of the month."

It's no surprise people are talking about the drugs. Yankees star Alex Rodriguez is appealing a 211-game suspension for using PEDs and lying about it. A recent Miami Herald report connects seven high school baseball players in Broward County to the drugs. 

The Director of the Florida High School Athletics Association says something needs to change. He sent a letter to the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee saying he wants a "top-to-bottom review of existing policies and procedures regarding the use of performance-enhancing drugs."

One of the issues is that drug testing is expensive. It could cost $150 a kid. Garcia believes athletes shouldn't be the only targets.

"If we're going to drug test student athletes we should drug test all students. I can guarantee marijuana is a lot more prevalent in this school than PEDs."

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