Congress Cares About The Health of Kids
Illustration by: Matt Mahurin
That’s the message coming from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s hearing this morning, “Myths and Facts About Human Growth Hormone, B12, and Other Substances.” It’s the undercard to tomorrow’s Roger Clemens v. Brian McNamee hearing, where the two are expected to give opposite stories under oath about Clemens’ past steroid use.
Today, however, is the committee’s effort to frame their baseball steroid probe around a public health issue, as opposed to talking tough to all-stars.
“The media seems to think this is some publicity stunt,” said Elijah Cummings, D-Md., “We’re concerned about young men and women taking these substances to emulate star athletes.”
Cummings and his colleagues have been asking four medical experts questions about the effectiveness and side effects of Human Growth Hormone or HGH. Along with baseball stars, lawmakers are also chiding Sylvester Stallone this morning for recently recommending HGH for people over 40.
More later on what the committee’s crash-course on performance enhancing drugs.