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Will Testing of Student Athletes Prevent Drug Abuse?
Last Featured: 8/21/2006

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This fall, New Jersey will become the first state in the nation to begin random drug testing of high school athletes. Athletes who qualify for team or individual state championships can be randomly tested for more that 80 prohibited drugs, from steroids to amphetamines, and will risk disqualification for a year if caught. Join us for this back-to-school edition of Justice Talking as we look at steroids, students and sports and ask whether drug testing is the best way to prevent substance abuse.

Interview with a Physician
Host Margot Adler speaks with Dr. Linn Goldberg, an expert in sports medicine and the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Linn Goldberg, M.D. is a professor of medicine, head of the Division of Health Promotion & Sports Medicine, director of the Human Performance Laboratory and director of the Center for Health Promotion Research at the Oregon Health and Science University. Dr. Goldberg is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and founding member of the Endocrine Society's Hormone Foundation. He has over 190 scientific publications and co-authored three books. Dr. Goldberg has served as an expert panelist of the Department of Education's Office of Safe, Disciplined and Drug Free Schools.

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Report from New Jersey
Reporter Eugene Sonn travels to New Jersey, the first state to mandate steroid testing of high school athletes.

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Debate on the Issue
Dr. Robert DuPont, president of the Institute for Behavior and Health, and Dr. Marcia Rosenbaum, director of the San Francisco office of the Drug Policy Alliance, debate the merits, effectiveness and cost of school drug-testing programs.

Robert L. DuPont M.D. has been a leader in drug abuse prevention and treatment for more than 30 years. He was the first director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (1973-1978) and the second White House drug chief (1973-1978). Following this distinguished public career, in 1978 Dr. DuPont became the founding president of the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc. Dr. DuPont has written more than two hundred professional articles and 15 books and monographs, including "Drug Testing in Schools: Guidelines for Effective Use."

Marsha Rosenbaum, M.D. is director of the Safety First Project and director of the San Francisco office of the Drug Policy Alliance, a drug policy institute, headquartered in New York. She is author of three books: "Women on Heroin," Pursuit of Ecstasy: The MDMA Experience, and Pregnant Women on Drugs: Combating Stereotypes and Stigma, as well as numerous scholarly articles about drug use, addiction, women, treatment, and drug policy. She organized the California Statewide Task Force on Effective Drug Education in 2003.

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Interview with a Parent
Producer Julie Mashack speaks with a parent who opposes mandatory drug testing for students.

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Interview with a Policymaker
Host Margot Adler speaks with the woman charged with implementing the government's effort to address the nation's drug problem through demand reduction.

Bertha Madras, M.D. is deputy director for demand reduction at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Madras was a professor of psychobiology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and chair of the Division of Neurochemistry at the New England Primate Research Center. Dr. Madras has traveled the United States and abroad presenting prevention lectures on how drugs affect the brain and has conducted research on cocaine, Ecstasy, and cannabinoids.

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A Look at the Numbers
Host Margot Adler speaks with Dr. Nora Volkow of the National Institute on Drug Abuse to learn about the changing demographics of teen drug use.

Nora D. Volkow, M.D. is director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse for the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Volkow’s work has been pivotal in demonstrating that drug addiction is a disease of the brain. She pioneered the use of brain imaging to investigate the toxic effects of drugs and the effects of drugs responsible for their addictive properties in the human brain. In addition, she has made important contributions to the neurobiology of obesity, to the neurobiology of the behavioral changes that occur with aging, and to the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

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A Look at the Media and the Message
Host Margot Adler asks communication professor Joe Cappella to grade the federal government's teen-directed anti-drug campaigns.

Joseph N. Cappella is a professor of communication and holds the Gerald R. Miller Chair at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. His research has focused on political communication, health, social interaction, nonverbal behavior, media effects, and statistical methods and has resulted in 75 articles and book chapters and three co-authored books, including Spiral of Cynicism: The Press and the Public Good, "Multivariate Techniques in Human Communication Research," and "Sequence and Pattern in Communicative Behavior."

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