NJ Cracks Down On Cops Juicing

After a damning Star Ledger investigation exposed how a local doctor was the steroid dealer for “hundreds” of New Jersey cops and firefighters, lawmakers there have put forth a bill to crack down on the practice. The law would add steroids to the list of drugs law enforcement is randomly tested for and personnel would need to get a health checkup before they could be prescribed anabolic steroids and growth hormones. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that the problem is not limited to the Garden State.

Law enforcement uses these drugs to stay fit for their jobs, and to pass physical fitness tests required to stay on the beat, Larry Gaines, chairman of the Department of Criminal Justice at California State University in San Bernadino, California told Reuters.

Do you feel safer if your cops have more muscle, even if it’s artificially induced? Sound off in the comments.

New Jersey moves to curb steroid use by police [Retuers]

ORIGINAL INVESTIGATION: N.J. doctor supplied steroids to hundreds of law enforcement officers, firefighters [Star Ledger]

PREVIOUSLY: Cops Around The Country Getting Busted For Using Steroids

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  1. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    Steroids cause increased rage, which would increase inappropriate and illegal actions by police officers. No thanks.

  2. bsh0544 says:

    Artificially induced muscles in cops? Not such a big deal. The associated generally angry disposition? That’s a problem.

    So in short, no steroids = win.

  3. Thassodar says:

    Do I feel safer? So they can beat me in the head HARDER? No, thanks.

    • common_sense84 says:

      I think you missed the point. Officers that are out of shape are taking a drug that boosts their energy before they take a physical exam. They are not juicing all the time. They are cheating on fitness exams.

      Which is a huge problem. An officer needs to be in shape since they have to physically deal with criminals.

      • u1itn0w2day says:

        That’s part of the problem, lack of year round daily fitness which includes cardiovascular training. Fitness requires consistency. In military type organizations those with endurance tend to fair much better than those with strength.

        Strength is important and good but if someone miss uses steroids they might pass the push up test but fail the 1/2 mile run test after having a heart attack. That’s part of the problem with bulking up, that’s extra weight you must carry around with you which includes foot pursuits. Throw in some possible side effects like high bp a steroid users health could actually become worse. Might even add to roid rage if they feel like crap.

  4. dragonfire81 says:

    I know of quite a few people who use steroids and I’ve seen only a handful of them experience what I would call “roid rage”. I don’t think they are as common as the media would have us believe.

    • El-Brucio says:

      Indeed. The media loves having something to blame. I think it is more likely that the job of police attracts applicants who already like the idea of danger and being in control of other people and would have abused that position whether or not they were taking steroids.

    • clint07 says:

      Agreed. Most of the time that you see “roid rage” it is just because the person was a jerl to start with and now they are a physically larger jerk.

    • RobSmalls says:

      Exactly. Medical patients with wasting diseases or other atrophy conditions are routinely placed on steroids to increase/maintain or lessen the loss of muscle, but no one hears about them bitch slapping their nurses or body-slamming doctors. It’s more to do with personalities tending towards aggression.

      • Shadowman615 says:

        Those are corticosteroids not anebolic steroids.

        Anebolic steroids do have a few legit medical uses — normally compensating for a lack of naturally-produced testosterone, etc. Generally in dosages much less than what an athelete would take.

        • ChuckECheese says:

          You are incorrect. People with wasting diseases and the occasional puny old man are given anabolic steroids, not corticosteroids. Corticosteroids decrease inflammation. Anabolics make you manlier.

          • tmac40 says:

            That is right except that people that are prescribed anabolic steroids are suffering from a lack of testosterone. The steroids bring them up to normal levels. The roid rage is caused by having too much testosterone, which is what happens when you take anabolics when you already have normal testosterone levels.

    • Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ã‚œ-゜ノ) says:

      On the other hand, this demonstrates the last remaining modicum of respect the public have for the police. We don’t really want to believe our police forces, increasingly militarized since Vietnam, are overgrown muscle-headed bullies.

      If we can blame something other than the people themselves, it makes us feel better about our society.

    • YokoOhNo says:

      Thank you, Doctor. :rolleyes:

      Please link to your results…or are they anecdotal?

      In that case:
      I’ve seen a relatively large number of cops who have flipped out and killed people because they felt they were above the law. I’ve seen too many cops break the law to arrest an innocent person because they feel they weren’t given enough respect.

    • runswithscissors says:

      I believe your anonymous anecdotal evidence brings the question to a close. Thank-you.

  5. dolemite says:

    I saw a documentary on steroid use months ago. Basically just about every professional athlete is on some type of steroid/performance enhancing drug, even olympians. The key is staying one step ahead of testing.

    Honestly, steroids aren’t even that harmful if used moderately. I’d say just let the police use them. Have you looked at many shows about inmates? 90% of them look like they could bench press at least 400 lbs because they have nothing to do in prison but bulk up.

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      So cops should just sink to the criminal’s level? I guess that makes sense. While they’re at it, they should just start selling drugs, shooting people for money, and have a harem of underage prostitutes.

      After all, the guys in prison are doing it.

      • dolemite says:

        I wouldn’t call it “sinking to their level”.

        View it more of 2 teams. Bad guys vs Good guys. Do you really want the bad guys with a 2x strength, speed and power advantage going into the game?

        • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

          So who is the bad guys then, if everyone uses drugs?

          • dolemite says:

            Well, I think drugs should be legalized (pretty much all of them), so…

            Technically cops are wrong for using an illegal substance, but the substance shouldn’t be illegal in the first place as it’s no more damaging than alcohol or smoking or eating fatty red meat 5x a day.

      • Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ã‚œ-゜ノ) says:

        Note to self, rewatch The Sheild.

    • HannahK says:

      I agree. I don’t want to see athletes using any type of performance enhancer because it isn’t fair or sportsmanlike – even if it’s stuff that is perfectly legal for the rest of the population. I don’t have a problem with police officers using legal performance enhancers, because they’re not in some kind of competition that needs to have a level playing field. Obviously if they’re using something illegal, that’s hypocritical and not OK. But I’d rather see a police officer on performance enhancers than the stereotypical donut diet, even if it is a misguided attempt at fitness.

      • isileth says:

        Fairness in sport is an invention of Le Coubertin, as much as “Olympic spirit”.
        During the original olympic games, the athletes did and took everything in their power to win and accepted bribes to lose.
        Some practices that are now frowned upon, were mentioned in school-books for teachers a few years ago.

    • Papa Bear says:

      Looks can be deceiving. Anyhow, the camera crews doing prison documentaries tend to focus on those guys because it sells. There really isn’t that many of them. Most guys in the joint don’t do much more than sit around trying to figure out how to get dope, piss of the guards and think up new lies to tell about how bad they are. The really bad asses, you don’t see to often on TV.

  6. rbb says:

    If they really wanted to get serious about the problem, then they should deny ANY medical disability claims related to steroid abuse.

  7. quail says:

    There were a rash of books after 2003 that were written by former military personnel that talked about steroid use in the different branches of the military. Guys with guns who can’t think clearly and who are quick to anger are not for me, thanks.

    BTW. It’s also a problem with certain fire fighting departments too……..

  8. ZakiSea horse says:

    LOL at the Muscle Milk picture… Like everyone who drinks Muscle Milk does steroids… Riiiiiiiiight…

    • KnowledgeIsPower says:

      I agree – the picture of muscle milk seems inappropriate considering it’s a legitimate, non-steroid protein shake…

    • YokoOhNo says:

      I think the picture is illustrating how dopey most people are who are soooo concerned with their physique.

      steroids=stupid
      muscle milk=stupid.

      I just made the picture relative for you two!

  9. Limewater says:

    Cops pretty much never make me feel safer. I’m not a big fan of the police. That said, I think that performance-enhancing drugs should be legal, and it doesn’t bother me any more that some police are on gear.

  10. Foot_Note says:

    Juiced Cops.. Small “reproducerary” bits == pissed off cops.. (/Run away)

  11. Portlandia says:

    Do you feel safer if your cops have more muscle, even if it’s artificially induced? Sound off in the comments.

    Not when it’s coupled with Rhoid Rage.

    • Limewater says:

      Yep, rhoid rage is a big problem for cops, especially when they have to spend so much time sitting down in their cars! Ouch! I still can’t begrudge them their abuse of Preparation H, though.

  12. El-Brucio says:

    Most of the police I’ve met have been good people. The few bad apples that have caused problems? I strongly suspect they would have done the same thing whether they had been taking steroids or not. If larger muscles help the good cops perform their job better I’m all for it.

    As to firefighters taking steroids – hey, anything that helps a guy carry me out of a burning building more easily is a good thing in my books.

    • chargernj says:

      I disagree that most cops are good people. As long as that “blue wall of silence” exist. Cops take an oath to uphold the law, yet they constantly look the other way when it’s their own who are doing the lawbreaking.

  13. MaytagRepairman says:

    I started reading this article thinking “What they hell? The aren’t competing against each other for a gold medal. Let them do it.” but now I am learning something new from other comments about drawbacks to taking the drugs I was not familiar with.

  14. AllanG54 says:

    I think donuts should just be fortified with vitamins and that would solve most of the problem.

  15. pop top says:

    A lot of people (especially those who have posted already) need to keep in mind that steroids aren’t only for increasing muscle mass; many people take steroids solely to help recover from injuries faster. You also don’t experience “roid rage” unless you’re abusing it.

  16. Papa Bear says:

    The purpose for the usage, or so they say, is to help them pass physical fitness tests. First of all, those tests are not all that stringent – they are getting tougher, though. Secondly, isn’t that what exercise is for? To get in shape so they can pass a PT test. This whole world is becoming about taking shortcuts and the easy way out. I’m not too sure I want cops taking any more short cuts than they already take.

    One of the problems is that many years ago fitness standards were lowered significantly to allow women to pass the PT test. Please, no comments from women, this is a well documented fact. However, the men complained that it was unfair, so the tests were standardized to the lower standards. What happened was many guys were hired that shouldn’t have been. This went on for many years.

    Today, with women more involved in athletics and more capable of passing tougher test, as well as the increased awareness of the health benefits of being physically fit and the related lower time-off and insurance expenses, many departments are going to tougher standards. New hires and existing officers need to meet them. Unfortunately, this has led to steroid use because our society is becoming more and more physically complacent.

    The excuse that criminals are using steroids is not valid. Even if they are, most criminals are not the type to be motivated to become fit and to exercise. If they were motivated, they wouldn’t be crooks. The myth of the beefed-up con is just that, a myth. Very few cons actually use the training facilities and even then, to many of them, it is more social then physical.

    My personal opinion is that I want LEOs who have the integrity and drive to become physically fit and maintain that fitness because that is the rule. Cops are supposed to follow rules, aren’t they?

    • shepd says:

      The whole world has been about shortcuts for a long, long time. The car is a shortcut to bypass the locomotive. The locomotive beats out horses. Horses beat out donkeys, which beat out slaves, which beat out having to move your own ass.

      And that’s just one example.

    • clint07 says:

      The steroids aren’t going to make the officers stronger/more fit on their own. The steroids are just going to improve their recovery and allow them to workout longer for more often.

  17. danmac says:

    Roid rage is definitely one reason that law enforcement shouldn’t be allowed to use steroids, and it’s been addressed at length in the comments above. I’ll posit another reason it shouldn’t be happening. Specifically, the steroids that police are using are a Schedule III controlled substance, and as such, individuals possessing them can be sentenced to as much as 5 years in prison. As a point of reference, Vicodin is another schedule III drug.

    Knowing that, how can the legal system prosecute civilians for drug possession/distribution when its agents ignore the same laws? It undermines the integrity of the entire legal system and couches the legal process in hypocrisy. Some will rightly point out that police already disregard laws all the time, but that doesn’t in itself justify more illegal behavior.

    • ChuckECheese says:

      Um, well, in the story, the police are getting these meds through legal channels – that is, they’re being prescribed by an MD. I’m sure there are others who are obtaining them illegally, but why risk being busted if you can get them legally?

      There is a mundane reason that the state might be concerned about the use of steroids. It costs them a lot of money in doctor visits and prescriptions. HGH and T don’t come cheap. Here are some costs:

      Androgel: $250 – $500/month
      Testim: $300-$600/month
      (androgel and testim are non-injected topical forms of low-dose T for long-term maintenance use)
      Testosterone Cypionate injections: $75 – $300/month
      HGH: $700 – $1500/month
      Plus office visit fees, lab fees.

      T rage is dependent upon dosage. HGH is a dangerous substance and can have nasty side effects, including heart damage. Long term use of injectable T can cause liver damage. Excessive T levels can cause HBP and elevated blood fats. So there can be additional medical costs involved treating side effects.

      Responsible people, including public servants, use meds and expensive medical services responsibly. This isn’t just a matter of bulking up. Whenever we are talking about public servants on the public dime, these people have responsibilities to the public to behave appropriately and to not abuse resources.

  18. GrantGannon says:

    Methinks the people from muscle milk won’t be too happy that their product is the image for this article.

  19. Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

    More muscle, I don’t really care. It’s the attitude and with cycle of roid rage, no wonder so many cops and firemen are such jerks. I’ve found the really big and strapping but not musclebound guys seem to have the best demeanor. But that’s just my personal experience. I’ve noticed that the smaller cops try to compensate by barking louder at me. Anyway, people want cops to have an even playing field with the scum then issue them PCP.

  20. sweetgreenthing says:

    Um, no, thanks- I’ll take my cops law abiding and in small doses. I can’t imagine giving an already self-important cop a gun, increased strength, and a case of rage at the same time ever leading to good things.
    For firefighters, however, I see less drawbacks aside from the issue of legality.

    • 13thCaesar says:

      Yeah, I couldn’t imagine a cop being able to win a fight for his own life or to possibly save mine, too. No thanks!

  21. hairyseaword says:

    roid rage is a rare and overstated issue, FWIW.

  22. YokoOhNo says:

    I don’t know why cops have to follow the law…it will only make us unsafe and the terrorists have won!

  23. kcvaliant says:

    When are they going to start cracking down on all these people taking diet supplaments. When they were average weight women, they were portly and polite. Now that they are super skinny they are mean and nazi-like in their routines. This is an issue the media is not covering… outrage I tell you..

  24. Mecharine says:

    The mental effects of steroid and growth hormone abuse is an effect that probably leads to many cases of police brutality. I say that all PD’s should have a written policy against performance enhancement and mind altering drugs.

  25. RedHatMatt says:

    The double whammy for this story is that the police officers and firefighters were getting prescriptions for these drugs which clinically they didn’t need, and then getting those filled using their health plan. This is how the users were found. The users were charging their health plan (and the tax payers) thousands of dollars worth of drug. In my opinion that is fraudulent and the officers and firefighters who did that shoudl be kicked off the force.

    -Matt

    • Maximus Pectoralis says:

      This. Some of these prescriptions were over $8000 each. Most police and firefighter unions in NJ have zero-deductible health plans, which means the taxpayer is paying 100% of the bill for “law enforcement” to commit substance abuse.

  26. 2k1s says:

    There is no such thing as roid rage. There are also tons of legal oral steroids that you can buy over the counter which are more taxing on the body. They aren’t legal in pro sports nor are they in ncaa but you would be surprised on how many people that use them. The is it low t commercials are geared towards men with low testosterone.

  27. Uncanny Valley PTA says:

    If steroids had been legal and allowed in some sports for the last 40 years, and we had Pfizer et.al. developing them and participating in what would have been a billion dollar market instead of Balco, isn’t it likely we’d have safer PEDs with fewer side effects, and they’d be no more controversial than Viagra?

  28. MB17 says:

    These cops always have the same lame excuses:

    “Criminals these days are getting tougher and larger”

    “I need them to recover from injuries faster”

    Such bologna. Yeah, I can see certain muscled up criminals becoming a problems. However, cops are given training, equipment, and backup to deal with those criminals. Huge criminals still can’t overcome tasers and pepper spray.

    As for the injuries argument… pffffftttt

  29. steam says:

    Steriods and other such “muscle building” drugs only result in three things:
    1. Muscles for a few years.
    2. Mental disorders for life (short).
    3. Premature and often painful slow deaths from screwing-up your metabolism, not to mention anxiety, paranoid delusions etc.
    Good idea taking those things.

  30. MooflesThaCat says:

    I love how everyone in the comments is talking out of their asses when it comes to Steroid use. Most of you have never even seen a vial of steroids, let alone use them but have no quarrel with talking about a subject that you have no idea about. Not all steroids result in side effects such as limp dick and/or roid rage. And even the ones that do, are all dependent on the dosage and workout routine used with them. Also, the mere injection of the steroids does not yeild instant muscle. It still must be diligently worked at to achieve and maintain those results.

    What you guys are talking about is the ABUSE of steroids, but the same can be said for the ABUSE of any drug. You can’t blame the drug because of it’s abuse at the hands of irresponsible men (and women….yuk).

    And to the person who equated Steroids = stupid, and as such Protien= stupid.. what is wrong with you. Is achieving and maintaining a healthy body a negative? With an obesity rate so high in this country, it’s a shame MORE people do not care enough to feed their body healthily!

  31. darthwaveous says:

    Well Roid rage is actually a myth for the most part. The actual increased aggression is caused by the spike of testosterone which comes from anabolic steroid use. So a weight lifter or bodybuilder who doesn’t use steroids could still display increased aggression also from the natural spike in testosterone level. Anyhow if I have to get tested for illegal drugs (including anabolic steroids) for a lousy part time security job Why shouldn’t a sworn gun carrying police officer be held to the same standard? You can get great results without using steroids by modifying diet and lifting technique and form.

  32. psycho98 says:

    ok look i work at a prison in texas east im overweight and not that much of a looker but the one who mentioned inmates pretty much looking like freight trains is correct. i dont care if a cop uses an enhancement drug to bulk as long as hes not abusing the substance. thats when the problems come out. I know from experience that when you use a product as directed most of the side effects are at the bare minimum. i take a couple of muscle enhancers myself because at 5.6 working at a prison with guys that look like they could eat me in one bite its a somewhat necessary thing. i mean you wouldnt want a convict breaking out of prison and coming to your neck of the woods because i was to weak to hold him off and prevent it would you. so all in all as long as there are no signs of abuse i think they should be left alone to do their thing.