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Police Chief Fights Steroid Abuse

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20081112-9999-1m12steroids.html

They had this article in my local paper the same day they ran an article about alcohol use by police on their off duty hours. Yet the attribute the bad behavior in this article to steroids

http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20081112/news_1n12deputies.html

Police chiefs fight steroid-abuse trend

DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO ? They need it to win fights with bad guys, to look menacing on the streets or to get that extra edge on the SWAT team.

To some police officers, the use of anabolic steroids is all about protecting themselves and the public.

But top law enforcement brass around the country are learning that the implications of a police force on steroids are far more frightening, Phoenix police Cmdr. Kim Humphrey said.

Humphrey talked about the trend yesterday at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in downtown San Diego.

He said steroid abuse has seeped into police agencies nationwide, but few departments test their officers for the drug.

Aggressive outbursts, excessive use of force, poor judgment and serious health problems have been associated with steroid abuse among officers. Not to mention the fact that the drug is illegal.

?It’s gone far beyond the sports field,? said Gary Green, a leading steroid researcher at UCLA’s Olympic testing laboratory and a consultant to Major League Baseball. ?And it has big implications for law enforcement. This is someone who has a firearm, who is entrusted by the public. We certainly want them to be as healthy as they can be.?

The San Diego Police Department does not test for steroids in pre-employment screens or random drug tests, but officers could be tested if they are suspected of abusing steroids.

Bob Kanaski, San Diego assistant police chief, said steroid use was an issue in the department in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

?I haven’t seen anything of that nature since then,? he said. ?Which is surprising, too, because we are very close to Mexico, which is probably one of the largest providers of steroids.

?I think we’ve done pretty good education on what steroids can do ? what they can do to your body and to your future,? Kanaski said.

Phoenix became the first large police department to randomly test for steroids in 2006 after learning that a few of its officers were mixed up in federal drug investigations targeting unscrupulous physicians.

Some officers resigned when they learned they may be tested, while others were investigated for steroid-related incidents, including two domestic violence cases, Humphrey said.

Five officers and one firefighter recruit have tested positive for the drug.

Several other police agencies have since made headlines with steroid scandals ? including Dallas, Boston and New York ? and have added steroid screenings to their battery of other drug tests.

One of the big hurdles of steroid testing is the cost. An initial screening runs about $60, and an in-depth test at UCLA’s Olympic lab can skyrocket to $500.

Some officers try to justify the use of steroids by saying they suffer from low testosterone, a medical condition in some men. Others claim ignorance that they didn’t believe what they were taking was illegal.

?It’s going on everywhere,? said Humphrey, who has advised about a dozen police agencies on the matter. Testing officers for the drug, he said, is ?an issue that needs to gain momentum.?

Fuck, I hate the media…I fucking hate even hearing about steroids anymore, because its always some bullshit negative propaganda (just like anti THC, marijuana, w/e propaganda).

OMFG THE POLICE WILL BE ABLE TO DO THEIR JOBZZZZ!!!1one! OH NOEZ!

No it couldn’t be the legal drug proven to cause anti-social behavior and violence (alcohol, for the slow ones reading this), it must be teh roidz!!!1!

The media is full of a bunch of fucking idiots.

[quote]josh86 wrote:
Fuck, I hate the media…I fucking hate even hearing about steroids anymore, because its always some bullshit negative propaganda (just like anti THC, marijuana, w/e propaganda).[/quote]

That is exactly what I am thinking.

That’s also why I hate talking about steroids to some of my friends. The media got to them before I could, so now they are gone forever.

I think it’s also likely like an officer who can’t resist the impulse to do something illegal will have trouble controlling their other impulses.

It’s easy to justify their use in that kind of job, but I think it’s a road that you just can’t allow yourself to go down.

[quote]josh86 wrote:
propaganda[/quote]

/thread.

Cant really say much else other than what Josh said… It’s the media spreading lies.

There are no stats on steroid use verse steroid abuse. I would think it would be the same as other substances. A very small percentage but as with most things that small % is all they ever talk about. If I ever need them, no stupid law is going to stop me. I will only conform so much to the stupidity of others.

If a cop can get fired for using roids, a cop should be able to get fired for being out of shape.

[quote]HoratioSandoval wrote:
I think it’s also likely like an officer who can’t resist the impulse to do something illegal will have trouble controlling their other impulses.

It’s easy to justify their use in that kind of job, but I think it’s a road that you just can’t allow yourself to go down.
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well that is a good point. Those that have prescriptions are covered, but those that don’t aren’t.

[quote]EG wrote:
If a cop can get fired for using roids, a cop should be able to get fired for being out of shape.[/quote]

Excellent point. Support fat cops who dont give a shit about their health, but the ones that try to improve health and give themselves an edge over criminals. Wonderful.

[quote]rrjc5488 wrote:
EG wrote:
If a cop can get fired for using roids, a cop should be able to get fired for being out of shape.

Excellent point. Support fat cops who dont give a shit about their health, but the ones that try to improve health and give themselves an edge over criminals. Wonderful.[/quote]

Someone needs to make an “Epic Fail” for that one!

I agree that the laws are stupid in regards to steroid usage. But is it so irrational that policemen, who are paid to uphold and enforce the law, should actually be expected to abide by the law?

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My point for this wasn’t actually that cops were using steroids. What I was pointing out is that the departments are blaming “roid rage” for misbehavior at the same time there is another article printed about how officers are abusing alcohol and this has been the cause of misbehavior.

So… I would think the alcohol would really be the culprit for the bad decisions, the violent attitude and the misbehavior, before I would put the blame on the steroids.

[quote]pushharder wrote:
Preaching to the choir here but alcohol consumption by police officers (by anyone actually) should be outright banned long, long, long before AAS use.[/quote]

PUSH!!!

thank you… that is why I posted a link to both articles

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[quote]OctoberGirl wrote:

My point for this wasn’t actually that cops were using steroids. What I was pointing out is that the departments are blaming “roid rage” for misbehavior at the same time there is another article printed about how officers are abusing alcohol and this has been the cause of misbehavior.

So… I would think the alcohol would really be the culprit for the bad decisions, the violent attitude and the misbehavior, before I would put the blame on the steroids.

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I did catch that. And I agree with you there. I would write an editorial to that newspaper. Back when I was in high school and on the debate team and knew everything, I used to send in editorials all the time to different papers. A surprising number made print and started discussion.

if they enforce that law , they should live up to em.