While athletes like Barry Bonds are constantly needled over steroids, there’s a good chance your local cop or fireman is also on the stuff.The author disputes that "roid rage" is a significant issue: “I think that term is exaggerated,” Johnson said. “If you’re already a jerk, maybe you’ll be more of one on steroids. But when I was using, I was fine. It’s when you’re off them that’s a problem.” Hmmmm. Even if he's right that still sounds like a problem, unless officers just intend to take steroids indefinitely.
Or so claims a former police officer named “David Johnson,” who says society would be shocked to discover how many public servants use steroids just to make it through rigorous work days.
Johnson knows of what he speaks. For 10 years, he used almost every kind of steroid imaginable, and even had a thriving Internet business selling syringes and needles to “roid” users across the country.
“The public is clueless about how many policemen and firefighters are on steroids,” Johnson said, adding that he believes the drugs should be legal.
“Steroid laws are a waste of taxpayer money,” he said. “I can understand why psychoactive drugs are illegal – they get you high. But steroids help you with recovery from personal injuries.”Johnson, 31, started using steroids while attending a police academy in Texas
A couple of years ago I recall four cops in Oklahoma were busted for running a steroid ring out of their local department - apparently Officer "Johnson" did the same thing in Texas but got away with it.
After the Norman, OK bust, AP reported that "Police officers in Mississippi, Ohio, Connecticut, Hawaii, Colorado, Alabama, Florida, Arkansas and New York have also been accused of steroid-related offenses in recent years." Who really believed that Texas officers would be immune from this trend?
Though the Texas Legislature this year required student athletes in high school to undergo testing for steroids, there's no requirement police departments test their officers for the illegal substances. How ironic is that?
For me, after just a taste of Mr. Johnson's views from the book review above and the press release, I'm glad he's out of professional policing. I've requested a review copy from the author and if I get it I'll have more to say on the subject.
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