The use of anabolic substances in law enforcement officers runs under most radars. However, there is clearly an issue. We highlighted a law enforcement-steroid scandal developing in Arizona, where widespread cop use of PEDs emerged in ongoing corruption investigations. This post looked at a homicide trial, where steroid use was introduced as evidence for aggressive police behavior with deadly results.
A new book by a policeman highlights the use of steroids in law enforcement. Titled "Falling Off The Thin Blue Line" a new book by a former Texas cop, tells all about cop 'roid use (story by the AP, via The Charleston Gazette)
"Although I knew writing this book would cause a lot of controversy, my intention wasn't to cause widespread public mistrust in law enforcement,'' said David Johnson, the author and ex-police officer behind this incredible story.
Written from a first-person perspective with intriguing insights into the thought processes of law enforcement officers and criminals, readers will find Falling Off the Thin Blue Line difficult to put down. The author, who used a pseudonym to protect himself, writes candidly about his usage and eventual addiction to steroids. Despite most peoples' moral stance on the topic of steroids and drug abuse, the reader can't help but to identify with the author's struggle against his demons and grant him a modicum of respect. This book will disrupt the nation's current views on steroids and the reader will never look at law enforcement the same way again.
Here is an excerpt from the book:
"Holding the 10 cc vial marked "testosterona" carefully in my hand, I stuck my needle into the soft rubber stopper, flipped the vial upside down, and drew out 2 cc of oil. I pulled the needle out and tapped the side of the syringe to bring most of the air bubbles to the top.
I decided to stick it in my thigh. Off came my belt and down went my pants. This one hurt like a bitch on the way in. I slowly aspirated to see if I had landed the tip of the needle into a vein.
No blood. Great.
The plunger went in smoothly. I pulled the needle out, popped an alcohol swab on the site, and massaged the area.
I pulled my pants up, picked up my gun belt, and hooked it back on. It seemed to not fit me as well as it did a few weeks ago. I guess that would make sense because according to the scale, I had already gained fourteen pounds.
I left the house and got back in my patrol car. I picked up the radio and advised dispatch I was 10 8."
Dramatic, huh? However, the issue is topical. Not only do officers use steroids, they often are involved in the distribution of the substances, according to word on the street. Interesting paradox. Don't sleep feeling quite as safe tonight...