GREENSBORO, N.C. - When you say the words "performance enhancing drugs," you immediately think sports and probably professional sports. But According The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: there has been a significant increase in high schoolers using human growth hormones, or HGH.
HGH is produced naturally in the body, but it can also be delivered artificially to give athletes an extra boost.
A recent report by the PDFK shows 11 percent of high schoolers in 2013 admitted to using HGH at least once. That's a big change from the 2012 number of just 5 percent.
We decided to dig deeper into HGH use in North Carolina. Currently there is not an NC High School Athletic Association requirement/mandate for blood samples of any kind. The only requirement is for all students to receive a physical examination once every year.
The NC-HSAA also told us there are no plans as of now to make a blood test mandatory. But they also said that it doesn't mean it won't be a topic of discussion for the 2014-2015 school year.