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October 24, 2014
The dangers of steroids
The dangers of steroids could affect anyone-- including law enforcement.  There AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) — It’s all about quick pumps and quick growth. “It’s a quick reaction, they’re not even thinking about it,” said James Cooks, a bodybuilder. There’s a lot of things about steroids that are quick– including your temper. “It’s a roller coaster. It’ll take you up and it’ll bring you down real quick,” he said. Cooks has been lifting for more than 20 years and he’s been around it all. “When you’re on steroids, at some point in time, you’re not thinking and you’re only reacting,” Cooks said. And in law enforcement, reacting without thinking could be dangerous. “Police officers, their job itself is stressful as it is, so they don’t need that added stress,” he said. The DEA saw it as a big enough problem to release a pamphlet on steroid abuse by law enforcement, talking about what steroids are, the side effects and the results. “If you’re supposed to be upholding the law, then why are you taking illegal stuff,” he said. Physical effects can be automatic including severe acne and the loss of hair. But under the surface, there can be depression, extreme irritability, hostility and aggression. The practice can become addicting. “They got to rely on the steroids in order to keep them going versus just regular working hard,” he said. In law enforcement, it is about working hard, protecting the community and laying down the law. But how much of that would be compromised when on the juice? “It’ll give you the quick strength, it’ll give it to you but it’s going to take something from you in the long run,” Cooks said. http://www.wrdw.com/home/headlines/On-Your-Side-The-dangers-of-Steroids-280270012.html