Troy University To Drug Test All Athletes

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By Sarah Cantey

 Troy University is tightening drug testing on its athletes. This comes after a string of violent events, including football player Dimitri Miles charged with murder, another player Jadarius Garner was killed, and football signee Taylor Driggers charged with manslaughter.

 
Athletic Director John Hartwell says in some of the cases, drugs and alcohol were involved. So to try to prevent future events, every student athlete must take a drug test within 30 days. And after that, they will be regular and repetitive with their monthly testing. 
 
A suspension or being kicked off the team will only come after multiple failed drug tests.  A first failed test will result in parental notification and rehabilitation plan. 
 
Hartwell said. "Now, certainly you can take all types of corrective actions and you can't one hundred percent say 'hey these things and not going to happen again.' None of us live in a glass bubble. However, we can take preventive measures and certainly the drug testing I believe sends a message."
 
On top of being stricter with their drug testing, the athletic director says they will be background checking prospective student athletes. 



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