NJ to Probe Cops and Firefighters for Steroid Abuse

By Jonathan Eiseman
|  Wednesday, Dec 15, 2010  |  Updated 11:30 AM EDT
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NJ to Probe Cops and Firefighters for Steroid Abuse

New Jersey Attorney general Paula Dow announced on Tuesday that she will investigate steroid use by New Jersey Police and Firefighters, forming a new committee that will look into random testing and the role of physicians illegally dispensing drugs, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.

"Everything will be on the table," Dow said to the Ledger. "We will be looking at several angles involving the improper use of steroids in law enforcement."

The investigation comes from a series of reports by the Star-Ledger that had found that more than 200 officers and firefighters had been given steroids and human growth hormone from a doctor in Jersey City.

The paper also found that the officers and firefighters had often paid for the substances with government benefits.

"The concerns raised by the attorney general are echoed by all 21 county prosecutors," said Salem County Prosecutor John T. Lenahan, president of the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey. "It’s a matter that is going to be taken very seriously."

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