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Report: Some Bergen County Cops are on Illegal Steroids

Police officers, prison guards and firefighters. All are public servants who stick their necks out in order to protect the public. Some of them are sticking out extra-thick necks, however.

Those muscular necks, arms and chests are in some cases enhanced by the use of illegally obtained steroids, according to an investigative report by the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

Steroids require a prescription, but an illegal market for the potent drugs exists among users who want to build muscles or heal more quickly from injuries.

NorthJersey.com reports that New Jersey officials claim to be unable to figure out who among their employees are on illegal steroids.

The reports show cops, prison guards and firefighters went to a particular doctor who wrote prescriptions for the illegal drugs. In all, 248 law enforcement officers and firefighters obtained fraudulent prescriptions.

Of that total, seven are members of the Bergen County Sheriff's Department, according to the report. Seven members of the Paterson Police Department and 18 police officers in Passaic County also obtained drugs via the doctor.

The doctor has since died. Interestingly, a Passaic business is alleged to have picked up the slack since his death and is now supplying steroids to the public employees.

The state Attorney General's office guidelines call for testing public workers for illegal recreational drugs such as cocaine and marijuana, but not for steroids.

Part of the reason there's no testing for steroids is that the tests themselves are pricey: $10,000 each, according to one official.

Bergen County Sheriff Leo McGuire said he can't single out officers for testing merely because they're muscular.

He also noted that the published report didn't name the officers allegedly using the drugs.

Said McGuire, "...as the person in charge of the sheriff's office, [I] cannot go on a witch hunt just because of blanket allegations."

A number of observers have expressed alarm over the report. Steroids are known to make many users more aggressive and in some cases, violent.

Source: NorthJersey.com: "Cops on steroids hard to spot": December 14, 2010

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