ST. PETERSBURG,Â FL --- It's tough to come down from virtually being deified at the Olympics, but Phelpsâ€™ situation points out plenty of things to consider as we examine our laws and strategies for dealing with drugs and alcohol.
â€śStudies show that young people's, especially male's, brains are hardwired for bad choices, and being under the influence of anything - legal or illegal - leaves you open to making bad decisions about everything,â€ť said Calvina Fay, Executive Director of Drug Free America Foundation, Inc.
â€śThese studies along with this particular incident confirm that random student drug testing and other such strategies are needed to help deter youthful drug use,â€ť Fay continued.
â€śWhether celebrities like it or not, they are looked upon by fans as role models, and I hope Mr. Phelps is sincere in his words of regret. Maybe he can now put his free time to better use and help further drug prevention messages through first leading by example, â€ś concluded Fay.
Drug Free America Foundation is dedicated to fighting drug use, drug addiction and drug trafficking and to promoting effective sound drug policies, education and prevention.
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