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January 11, 2011
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N.J. moves to curb steroid use by police, firefighters

Competitiveness, department focus on physical fitness seen as major reasons why police and firefighters might use steroids

By Aman Ali

NEW YORK – Lawmakers in New Jersey are considering measures that would crack down on steroid use by police and firefighters, some of whom abuse the drugs in their efforts to keep physically fit, experts say.

The state Assembly bills introduced on Monday, believed to be the first of their kind in the nation, would require health evaluations before law enforcement could be prescribed anabolic steroids and growth hormones, and would add such drugs to a list of substances for which law enforcement employees are randomly tested.

"This is focused on uniformed public employees, but this is really a nationwide problem," said Assemblyman John McKeon, the Deputy Speaker who introduced the bills."A lot of these anti-aging clinics and charlatans are selling these products, and we need to examine the long-term health problems."

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