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Recently by Robert Wenzel: Doping Up the Troops

     

As a follow up to my post, Doping Up the Troops, EPJ reader S. Heilagh points me to AOL article which suggests that as much as 25% of police officers use steroids:

The badge and a steroid-filled syringe – it’s not the typical image most have for the abuse of performance-enhancing drugs. But as more within law enforcement get nabbed in steroid investigations nationwide, observers say that usage levels among police officers could rival the seediest patches of the pro sports landscape.

"It’s a big problem, and from the number of cases, it’s something we shouldn’t ignore," Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Lawrence Payne told AOL News. "It’s not that we set out to target cops, but when we’re in the middle of an active investigation into steroids, there have been quite a few cases that have led back to police officers."…

Victor Conte, founder of the now-defunct lab known as Bay Area Lab Co-Operative that supplied numerous athletes with steroids and other banned substances, said it wouldn’t surprise him if as many as a quarter of police officers were using some kind of performance-enhancing drug.

Writes Heilagh:

Mix with tasers for extra "fun"!

Reprinted with permission from Economic Policy Journal.

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