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Updates: 2020/02/23 a book Anabolic Steroid Abuse by Crowder and Turvey added to books section; Taylor Hooton link added. IN THIS SECTION Books Steroids, the police and public (2020/01/20-21) Books (2017) Dopers in Uniform: The Hidden World of Police on Steroids, by John Hoberman See review:  https://psmag.com/magazine/the-hidden-world-of-police-on-steroids (2015) Anabolic Steroid Abuse in Public Safety Personnel:  A Forensic Manual. by Brent Turvey Stan Crowder Description: Anabolic Steroid Abuse in Public Safety Personnel: A Forensic Manual provides readers with information on both the history and overwhelming evidence relating to steroid abuse in the law enforcement subculture. The text raises awareness regarding the pervasiveness of the problem that has grown into a systemic and nationwide phenomenon, and then addresses the consequences of anabolic steroid abuse on individual health, agency liability, and public safety.  Particular attention is paid to forensic issues, including investigative, evidentiary, and legal concerns, facilitating just and lawful outcomes when these crimes are suspected or exposed. Other Steroid Linked Issues - Not necessarily connected to police Colorado Denver Post (2005/07/01) Numerous figures linked to steroid ring had ties to Denver gym https://www.denverpost.com/2005/07/01/numerous-figures-linked-to-steroid-ring-had-ties-to-denver-gym/ Steroids, the police and public This section is derived from Notes 2020/01/20-21 Steroid usage: watch for weightlifting hangouts for dealers; check criminal backgrounds for signs of domestic violence and violence against others; identify rings;  follow trails of long-term friendships; watch for concomitant addictions off the charts like glue, paint, aerosol paint sniffing; watch for trails of thefts; needle usage; follow trail of testosterone enanthate (test e) through pharmacies, both prescription and non-prescription;  identify split mind/personality issues of He Man/She Man - men with hidden male lovers in an abusive sexual context - it might be a cult-like network; mood swings.  Identify officers resistant to investigating possible criminality involving steroids; that is, identify blocked cases by police who do not appropriately investigate steroid usage in both their departments and in the public properly, with hedging possible; follow links between job, job type, weightlifting, etc.  Track past criminal records.  Identify purchase/spending habits.  Identify friends who might be fellow users and/or dealers.  Longer term steroid users might have a cluster of addictions.  Strange fixations.  Illusions/Delusions. Calm one moment, angry the next. DEA website DEA Diversion USDOJ gov https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/pubs/brochures/steroids/lawenforcement/ Excerpt:  A Guide For Understanding The Dangers Of Anabolic Steroids March 2004:  Anabolic steroid abuse, once viewed as a problem strictly associated with body builders, fitness "buffs," and professional athletes, has entered into the law enforcement community. Law enforcement personnel have used steroids for both physical and psychological reasons. The idea of enhanced physical strength and endurance provides one with "the invincible mentality" when performing law enforcement duties. The short-term adverse physical effects of anabolic steroid abuse are fairly well known. However, the long-term adverse physical effects of anabolic steroid abuse have not been studied, and as such, are not known. In addition, this type of abuse may result in harmful side-effects as well as serious injury and death. The abuser in most cases is unaware of these hidden dangers.  What are anabolic steroids? Anabolic steroids are synthetically produced variants of the naturally occurring male hormone testosterone. Both males and females have testosterone produced in their bodies: males in the testes, and females in the ovaries and other tissues. The full name for this class of drugs is androgenic (promoting masculine characteristics) anabolic (tissue building) steroids (the class of drugs). Some of the most abused steroids include Deca-Durabolin® , Durabolin ® , Equipoise® , and Winstrol® . The common street (slang) names for anabolic steroids include arnolds, gym candy, pumpers, roids, stackers, weight trainers, and juice. The two major effects of testosterone are an androgenic effect and an anabolic effect. The term androgenic refers to the physical changes experienced by a male during puberty, in the course of development to manhood. Androgenic effects would be similarly experienced in a female. This property is responsible for the majority of the side effects of steroid use. The term anabolic refers to promoting of anabolism, the actual building of tissues, mainly muscle, accomplished by the promotion of protein synthesis. https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/pubs/brochures/steroids/lawenforcement/ 2017 - 2018 New Mexico Santa Fe New Mexican (2017/10/14) Taos case highlights steroid use among cops.  By Andrew Oxford https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/taos-case-highlights-steroid-use-among- cops/article_175d614a-a4e3-50a0-b40a-cf7d170da517.html The police chief of a Northern New Mexico village is suing his former employer, the Taos County Sheriff’s Office, claiming he was wrongly fired after repeatedly testing positive for steroids.Nicolas Lamendola, who was hired as the top police officer in Questa just a few w A book Dopers comes out PS Mag The Hidden World of Police on Steroids.Professor John Hoberman turns his attention to cops. Peter C. Baker, UPDATED: SEP 8, 2018ORIGINAL:DEC 11, 2017 https://psmag.com/magazine/the-hidden-world-of-police-on-steroids Book listed in this article Doper in Uniform, by John Hoberman Excerpt: There is no definitive proof that steroids cause violent, erratic behavior, but the two are definitely correlated, and this fact alone, in Hoberman's view, is reason enough for police forces to implement zero-tolerance policies on steroid use. Easier said than done, of course: Hoberman notes that, while the U.S. military has such a policy, steroid use remains a barely concealed fixture of military life. 2019 (2019/02/08) Illegally Secret Cop Drug Policy Released.  By Christopher Peakhttps://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/police_drug_policy_foi/ 2017 (2017/02/24) Cops and Steroids: What happens if officers are caught using? By Erik Flack https://www.wave3.com/story/34598169/tonight-at-11-cops-and-steroids/ 2013 Arlington officer accused of buying steroids and helping supplier spot police https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2013/06/13/arlington-officer-accused-of-buying-steroids-and-helping-supplier- spot-police-surveillance/ 2011 New Mexico’s stand on steroids https://law.justia.com/codes/new-mexico/2011/chapter30/article31/section30-31-41/ 2009 https://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=3745740&page=1 2009 Federal Register  shows earlier definitive classification of Schedule III anabolic steroids https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2009/12/04/E9-28572/classification-of-three-steroids-as-schedule-iii-anabolic- steroids-under-the-controlled-substances Taylor Hooton Org http://taylorhooton.org/steroid-abuse-major-problem-among-police-officers/ Excerpt:  9-Jan-2012 by THF in Hoot's Corner | Comments Off on Steroid abuse major problem among police officers As we’ve chronicled on these pages, the use of steroids rampant among police nationwide. Â This illegal behavior by cops may explain, at least in part, why there has been so little enforcement used against this illegal drug use by our youth. Don Investigations in Oregon, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, New York and other states have in recent years found disturbing evidence of police officers abusing steroids. But Connecticut police insist they’ve never seen it here. A national expert who’s been studying steroid use in all types of subcultures from athletics to the military believes “tens of thousands” of cops all across the U.S. are on such illegal drugs. But the head of the largest police union in this state, a man who spent 20 years with the Milford P.D., says the issue has never even been raised in any Connecticut disciplinary hearing he knows about. A recent scandal in New Jersey turned up 248 public safety officials - most of them cops - who were getting steroids prescribed by a steroid-abusing doctor, and New Jersey officials responded by ordering random police drug testing. But a Connecticut State Police spokesman says his department doesn’t do that. Just last month, a federal appeals court ruled a New Jersey police chief was within his rights to order several of his officers to undergo testing for steroids, strip them of their weapons and put them on desk duty. But state Rep. Stephen Dargan, the long-time co-chairman of the Connecticut legislature’s Public Safety Committee, says he’s never, ever even heard of questions about police steroid abuse being voiced in this state. “That’s a new one on me,” he says. John Hoberman is a University of Texas professor who’s spent 25 years studying the social implications of widespread steroid use among professional and amateur athletes, body builders, the military and police. And statements from Connecticut law enforcement officials that they don’t believe cop-steroid abuse is a significant problem here, or the fact that the issue hasn’t even been raised before in this state, comes as no surprise to Hoberman. “This has been a suppressed and under-reported story,” he says of steroids and the cops. He has found most police departments “prefer to deal with [steroid abuse] as an internal matter” rather than have it become public. Hoberman says he’s collected “hundreds of reports” of such cases from around the U.S., Canada, Scotland and England. “This is not an isolated phenomenon - it’s a country-wide phenomenon,” he adds. The biggest concern most people have over steroid “juiced” cops is the potential for increased aggression in someone who’s armed and trained to use everything from pepper spray and stun guns to firearms. And one result of the New Jersey scandal is a spate of civil lawsuits claiming excessive use of force by some of the officers implicated in steroid abuse. Connecticut has had its share of police scandals, including a recent federal investigation that found East Haven cops routinely harassed and abused Latino drivers. The feds also reported those local cops often used excessive force, but there’s been no discussion of the possibility of steroid abuse. Hoberman says so-called ‘Roid Rage’ isn’t actually a common side effect of steroid use. “It’s too simple to assume that steroids are causing violent behavior,” he points out. He says steroid abuse by a police officer is often a good indicator that he (and steroid abuse is almost exclusively limited to males) is having other serious problems.