MTF annually assesses drug use among the Nation's 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students. Steroid use among all three grades assessed remained unchanged from 2005 to 2006, for both boys and girls, although significant reductions were noted since 2001 for lifetime** use. Past year use was reported by percent of 8th-graders, percent of 10th-graders, and percent of 12th-graders in 2006. Perceived risk of steroid use, which is collected only for seniors, increased significantly, from percent in 2005 to percent in 2006. Disapproval of steroid use, also collected only for seniors, did not change significantly from 2005 to 2006.
Remember, nothing is alleged to--or can have--happened to all of MLB over some one or two seasons: the claim is that PEDs were being used at a slowly but steadily increasing rate (and thus "distorting records") from very roughly 1980 through the present. Were that so, or anything like it, we would expect to see a clear long-term uptrend during this period. But we don't: we see a nearly flat line that, if anything, slopes slightly down. The "boost" just isn't there. But that doesn't seem to stop anyone from talking about it.
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