Our cash-strapped schools already are overburdened with more issues than their administrators and teachers can hope to tackle effectively.
Expecting them to police the use of performance-enhancing drugs without major assistance is unrealistic.
But why can't Florida, arguably the top breeding ground in the nation for college talent and pro draft picks, ask for a helping hand from the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball?
In light of Tuesday's announcement that the Florida High School Athletic Association is launching a top-to-bottom review of its policies on PEDs, the bottom line is going to be what it always comes down to in the world of Florida education. The bottom line.
Money will be the limiting factor in whatever the FHSAA and Florida's public-school districts decide to do.
FHSAA executive director Roger Dearing expressed hope Tuesday that corporate sponsors will step up to help assure teenagers aren't using improper substances to gain an athletic edge.
If pro leagues are serious about curtailing PEDs at the highest level, they should pony up to discourage usage in the feeder system.
Trinity Prep football coach Mike Kruczek, who played five NFL seasons and coached 29 seasons at the pro and college level, thinks it is realistic to bank on deeper-pocketed sponsors.
"That's probably the only way they're going to be able to fund, with any consistency, a test," he said. "There are plenty of people out there that might want to [sponsor programs], knowing that this is a major problem.
This month, the FHSAA will begin a study to determine what measures will impact student-athletes and their decision-making most effectively. It's clear work must be done.
The Miami Herald reported that a partial list of alleged Biogenesis clients included two South Florida high-school athletes who are seniors and five more from Miami-Dade and Broward counties who are now in college.
Drug-testing athletes is expensive. The cost was $175 per test in the one year Florida's Legislature paid the $100,000 tab for a 2007-08 program operated by the FHSAA. The association randomly tested about 600 athletes and produced only one positive violation, from a football player at Glades Day School of Palm Beach County.
The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association was the first prep governing body to institute drug-testing, starting in 2006 with a program pushed by then-Gov. Richard Codey. It tests 500 athletes annually during its playoffs at a cost of roughly $100,000.
New Jersey never has had more than 1 percent of athletes test positive.
Texas conducted 3,311 tests in the 2011-12 school year, with nine athletes testing positive for PED use. Two others were penalized as guilty, one for not reporting for testing and another for trying to pinch-hit with somebody else's urine sample.
Despite those numbers, some experts have said up to 7 percent of high-school seniors have tried steroids. Does that mean young athletes, or those who feed them the goods, are as slick as Alex Rodriguez allegedly has been in avoiding a positive test?
Dr. Jennifer Roth Maynard, who spoke Tuesday as one of the physicians on the FHSAA's sports medicine committee, said drug-testing can have major value even if few are suspended for usage.
"At least putting the pressure on athletes, knowing that the testing is out there, is a good deterrent," said Maynard, an assistant professor of family and sports medicine with the Mayo Clinic of Jacksonville. "Whatever the FHSAA can do to stop PEDs from being used by high-school student-athletes is a step in the right direction."