Does the NCAA have a drug problem? This question is specifically aimed at collegiate athletics. I am talking of both steroids and recreational drugs like marijuana, cocaine, Ecstasy and prescription pain medication.
As a counselor for both in-class and online 12 hour drug classes I can assure that I have had many students who competed or are still currently competing in sports in the NCAA. One of the best collegiate football players in the country is now trying to resurrect both his life and his career in rehab. Of course I am referring to former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu, also known as the “Honey Badger.”
His demise to drugs and addiction is no cause for anyone to celebrate. Yes that includes you Florida Gators and Alabama Crimson Tide fans!
Sometimes, those of us sitting in our comfy chairs playing armchair quarterback forget that the star athletes we admire or curse on Saturdays are college students every other day of the week. While we expect the students representing our schools to display character at all times, they are still kids. Many are learning to become leaders, some are clinging to their upbringing.
The fact is many college students are using drugs. They are using steroids. They are smoking marijuana and they are drinking alcohol. Undoubtedly, many are also taking and abusing prescription medication.
It is time for the NCAA to step up to the plate and begin mandatory drug classes for all athletes. They should make it compulsory for all athletes to take an online drug class and pass an examination at the end. What do you think?