AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Another 16,000 steroids tests of Texas public high school athletes caught eight cheaters.

The University Interscholastic League on Friday released the latest results of the 2-year-old program. They show that about 45,000 total tests have confirmed 19 cases of steroids use.

Given so few positive results, state lawmakers have agreed to scale it back over the next two years. The Legislature slashed spending for the program from $6 million to $2 million.

Besides the eight confirmed tests disclosed Friday, the UIL says there are another 62 cases deemed “protocol positives.”

That happens when an athlete has an unexcused absence on the day they are selected for testing or refuses to provide a urine sample.

The latest results were from tests conducted from January through May.


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