New Jersey To Test Police Officers Randomly for Steroid Abuse


As New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow pushes a spate of reforms designed to combat steroid abuse in law enforcement, the president of the state police chief's association he expects most departments in New Jersey will add the substances to the list of drugs for which officers are randomly tested, reports the Newark Star-Ledger. Dow said the guidelines will be rewritten to give police departments new authority to test officers for steroids, which only a handful of agencies now do.

Dow’s reform measures were prompted by a Star-Ledger investigation published in December. The newspaper found nearly 250 law enforcement officers and firefighters used their government health benefits to obtain steroids and human growth hormone through a Jersey City doctor, Joseph Colao, who routinely falsified diagnoses to justify his prescriptions. Colao, a steroid user, has since died.

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