Anabolic steroid abuse in law enforcement professionals has been a topic of growing concern for organizations including the FBI and theÂ Drug Enforcement Administration. For several decades, these and other experts have been warning that the growing incidence of use is a problem that puts both users and the public at risk.
The Police Chief MagazineÂ says that although physical fitness is an essential part of policing, by using anabolic steroids, "some officers go too far to ensure their strength-endangering not only themselves but also the public they are sworn to defend."
In the first of a 3-part series on the topic, The Star Ledger's "Strong At Any Cost," reveals how deeply the substances have infiltrated NJ's law enforcement agencies and fire departments and examines the supply chain. Their seven-month investigation of Jersey City physician Joseph Colao draws on prescription records, court documents and detailed interviews with the physician's employees, and indicates that he ran a busy illegal drug enterprise that supplied anabolic steroids and human growth hormone to hundreds of law enforcement officers and firefighters throughout New Jersey, including the Essex County Sheriff's/Correction Department and the Bloomfield PD. Read the in-depth reportÂ here.Â