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