Children's Literature - Donna FreedmanDrugs and Sports is one of a series of books known as the "Drug Abuse Prevention Library." In a very straightforward, slightly didactic way, it presents the dangers of steroids and other drugs that a young athlete might encounter. To its credit, the book goes beyond "just say no" by offering information on why and how you should say no. Some of its information is debatable, however, such as the assertion that people who start with "gateway drugs" end up on the harder stuff. Since alcohol and tobacco are considered gateway drugs, this could throw quite a scare into kids who've seen mom light up or dad have a beer with dinner. Further on, the book addresses diet-related drugs and asserts, among other things, that "it is important to look good." Parents or teachers might want to qualify that statement a bit; preadolescents already hear it too often, from the popular media. 1997 (orig.
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