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Oregon Advances Ban on Supplements for High Schoolers

Oregon Advances Ban on Supplements for High Schoolers

SALEM, Ore.A bill moving through t h e Oregon state legislature ( would make it illegal for school employeesincluding coachesto promote or supply performance-enhancing dietary supplements to students. The bill defines performance-enhancing compounds as anything that is not an essential vitamin or mineral and is intended to increase athletic or intellectual performance.

Originally introduced in mid-February, Senate Bill 6 was passed by the Senate 23-2 at the end of March; at press time, the bill was under consideration by the House. The idea for the bill was generated by the Oregon School Activities Association, following a 2003 situation in which a high school football coach who was a partowner of a dietary supplement company sold creatine-based supplements to his players.

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