UofL looking into drug policy changes after death of cheerleader

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by Alex Schuman

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 30 at 11:08 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- LMPD released in a statement Wednesday afternoon 22-year-old Danielle Cogswell may have died from a, “suspected overdose.”

 She was considered an elite cheerleader and great athlete for the University of Louisville.  Most student athletes receive random drug testing. 
 
University officials tell us members of the band and cheerleaders are not subject to random drug tests, which check for any substances banned by the NCAA. 
 
The reason behind the lack of testing is because the NCAA does not consider cheerleading a varsity sport, according to Christine Simatacolos, associate athletic director of student life for U of L.
 
“It’s very sad that something like this has happened to one of our student athletes,” said Simatacolos.  “We’re going to look into all of our policies related to our support services and how we reach out to students who might be in crisis.
 
LMPD will not be able to determine if an overdose led to Cogswell’s death until they receive a toxicology report, which can take 60 – 90 days.  
 

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