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NIDA News Release Contact: Beverly Jackson
Michelle Muth
301-443-6245
FOR RELEASE, Thursday, April 6, 2000

Science, Steroids, and Youth
National Institute on Drug Abuse and Its Partners
Will Announce a Nationwide Education Initiative About Anabolic Steroids


In an effort to reverse the trend of increasing use of anabolic steroids by teens and young adults, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and several key national organizations have joined to launch a science-based, multimedia education initiative that explains the hazards of these drugs. Also, researchers from Oregon Health Sciences University will discuss a science-based prevention program they developed that effectively reduced steroid use by high school football players.

WHAT:News Conference
WHEN:10 a.m., Friday, April 14, 2000 (Camera crews may set-up at 9 a.m.)
WHERE:The National Press Club
Holeman Lounge
529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC
WHO:Representatives from NIDA and the Oregon Health Sciences University will discuss recent research related to anabolic steroid abuse.

Each of the following partners in the initiative will make brief statements:

Alan I. Leshner, PhD, Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse

Ron Stratten, National Collegiate Athletic Association

Gary I. Wadler, MD, FACP, FACSM, American College of Sports Medicine

Thomas Sullivan, MD, American Academy of Pediatrics

Judy Robinson, RN, National Association of School Nurses

Don Herrmann, National Federation of High Schools

Kevin Sabet, International Students in Action

Linn Goldberg, MD, Oregon Health Sciences University

Dr. Drew Pinsky, MTV's Loveline and drDrew.com

At 1 p.m., NIDA will convene a scientific meeting (open to interested reporters) where researchers will discuss in more detail the history of anabolic steroids, their use, side effects, and effective prevention programs. (An agenda for this meeting below.)

A video news release about the initiative will be distributed via satellite as follows:

Friday, April 14 - 3-3:30 p.m. ET --C-Band - Telstar 6 - Transponder 3 -
Downlink Freq. 3760 MHz - Audio 6.2 & 6.8.

Saturday, April 15 - 1:30-1:45 p.m. ET --C-Band - Telstar 6 - Transponder 12 -
Downlink Freq. 3940 MHz - Audio 6.2 & 6.8.

Monday, April 17 - 10:30-10:45 a.m. ET --C-Band - Telstar 6 - Transponder 9 -
Downlink Freq. 3880 MHz - Audio 6.2 & 6.8.


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Scientific Meeting Agenda

"Science, Steroids, and Youth: A Research Roundtable on Anabolic Steroids"

Convened by the National Institute on Drug Abuse

Friday, April 14, 2000
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

National Press Club
Holeman Lounge
Washington, DC


1:00WelcomeAlan I. Leshner, PhD
Director
National Institute on Drug Abuse
1:15-1:45"The Steroid Predicament: History, Epidemiology, and Social Values"Charles Yesalis, ScD
Penn State University
1:45-2:05"Sex, Rhythms, and Rage: Bio-behavioral Effects Of Anabolic Steroid Abuse" Marilyn McGinnis, PhD
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
2:05-2:25"Steroids, Aggression, and Violence"Harrison Pope, MD
Harvard University
BREAK
2:45-3:30"How to Prevent the Use of Anabolic Steroids and Other Drugs Among Adolescent Athletes"Linn Goldberg, MD
Diane Elliot, MD
Oregon Health Sciences University
3:30-4:30Putting the Research to Use: Roundtable Discussion

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