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... 1.5 percent. That's the percentage of high school boys who said they used steroids to enhance their athletic performance in 2005, down from 3.4 percent in 2000, according to a new state report. More, the availability of steroids is decreasing, the report states. Still, three Florida counties have begun steroid testing using federal grant money. And bills are moving through the House (HB 461) and Senate (SB 2200) that would require random testing for steroids. If they pass, the state would be in rare company. Right now, only New Jersey checks its high school athletes for steroid use. Is this a problem that needs a solution? Or would testing be an overreaction to a dwindling problem?

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