Random drug testing for Morton athletes

Kimberly Sosa, Ashley Morales, Moses Torres, and Erick Cardenas

Next year, Morton District 201 will start performing random drug tests to Morton athletes.

Over the years the usage of drugs in teens has increased. Why do teenagers use drugs? There are countless reasons. Many are reacting to peer pressure and believe turning to drugs and alcohol is how to become popular in high school. Some use drugs to self-medicate from painful feelings. Some teens even turn to study aid drugs like Adderall or Ritalin, because they believe these substances will boost their grades. High school is often the first time that kids encounter illicit substances and the curiosity can be too much to resist. The reason Morton will start requiring students’ athletes to participate in a drug test for reasons for lack of winning games. Considering that nearly 3,300 teens try weed for the first time every day, it’s an undeniable problem that’s impacting high schoolers everywhere. In a random survey 100 Morton athletes, 81 say that they take some sort of drug during the season and 19 do not use any type of drug.

“Before my soccer games, I take some bumps to give me that extra juice” Anonymous Soccer player from Morton.

“I personally don’t do drugs, but I know some people in the track team shoot up steroids before a meet.” said senior Ashley Morales

“I noticed that since I started smoking, I’ve been having trouble trying to catch up with my team during practice and it’s really hard to breathe.” said anonymous senior football player.

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