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NJ to allow steroid testing for police

July 7, 2011 at 2:07 a.m.


HAMILTON, N.J. (AP) - Police departments in New Jersey will now be able to test their officers for steroids.

The testing is part of a new plan being unveiled Thursday to combat illegal steroid use by law enforcement. An investigation by The Star-Ledger of Newark found hundreds of officers and firefighters using government benefits to pay for muscle-building drugs.

Those who test positive will need a doctor's letter saying there's a legitimate medical reason and that they're still fit for duty.

Attorney General Paula Dow says she's calling for legislation to get tough on doctors who improperly prescribe. The plan will also add human growth hormone to the list of prescriptions that the state tracks.

New Jersey paid more than $11 million in 2010 for steroid and growth hormone prescriptions for state employees.

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