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Do athletes engage in more deviance than non-athletes In the study of athletes and drugs one major topic that was discussed was the use of drugs by athletes at all levels With much controversy dealing with the issue of drug testing in high school college and professional sports many people are debating whether or not the use of drugs is a problem in the athletic system With the problems of drugs appearing in the world of sports many parents believe that if they place their children into a sport or any other extracurricular activity at an early age they will be spared from the world of drug use and maintain better grades in the long- run Little do they know that student athletes do get better grades but are also the students who have a greater chance to use alcohol and drugs It has been proven that alcohol cigarettes and marijuana are the leading choice among youths and student athletes in America today journal of alcohol and drugs education pg 49 Due to the fact that the drugs mentioned above are probably the most common and easiest to get a hold of they are also usually the ones that kids try first Alcohol despite the increase in education and prevention efforts remains the drug most widely used by high school students Peer pressure also plays a large role in the amount of abuse that student do to their bodies Many athletes try to duplicate what they see on the movies For example in 1995 a movie The Program came out It was about a football player who everybody loved He partied drank and still played great when it was time too The controversy that the movie faced was with a scene in the movie It was when the main character quarterback when out and laid in the middle of the streets to prove that he could handle being under pressure The first weekend
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