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Local activist Don Hooton has written a letter to every member of Congress, saying that despite the efforts by himself and others, drug use by teenagers hasn’t declined.
Hooton specifically has crusaded against steroid use, following the 2003 suicide by his son Taylor, which he claims occurred after Taylor, 17 at the time, suffered depression after quitting the use of steroids.
“After all the grandstanding before the TV cameras that day, our federal government has not instituted any form of education program for our children, and it hasn’t invested any time or effort in raising awareness about scope of the problem,” Hooton wrote in his July 18 letter, which was made available to The Associated Press and published by multiple media outlets this week. “As a result, the steroid usage problem by our children has not gotten any better.”
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Don Hooton is president of the Taylor Hooton Foundation, a nationwide non-profit organization formed in memory of his son. Hooton has spoken directly to several hundred thousand people across the country, appeared as an expert witness before Congress on three occasions, regularly meets with Federal Government officials, has met with several governors, and spoken to multiple state legislatures.