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Steroid Abuse Among Police Personnel




Professional athletes are not the ones blamed for using illegal drugs to increase body performance. Along with them there is another category of social class that draw more attention: copes. Over the last decades were registered numerous cases of exaggerated aggressiveness showed by law enforcement personnel which was proved to be caused by the use of steroids.

Anabolic androgenic steroids are illegal drugs. Selling, use or possession of AAS can send you for at least one year on the other side of jail bars. How then it’s possible that those entitled to defend the law violates it flagrantly?  As some study shows, as many as 20%-25%  or even more of law enforcement officers are regularly taking steroids. Their number could be even higher, but as all those who decided to talk about this phenomenon say, it’s quite difficult to set a particular number as steroids user cops since they form a some of subcultures hard to get in.

Police implied in smuggling steroids

Steroids can be bought legally only with prescription, and are quite mild drugs with low anabolic effects. In order to get illegal anabolics, cops become corrupt and implied in different drug crimes. They act outside of the law and this is worse than any side effect associated with steroid use. A dangerous equation that have as result the decrease of people’s trust in law enforcement community.

Steroids cause increased aggressiveness in cops

Aside of their illegality, steroids use in cops may cause another undesired effect: violent, aggressive behavior which contribute to police brutality, even murder. Cops tend to build a defined physique, meant to provoke respect and fear. No rare were cases when cops developed a high aggressiveness, getting irritated and agitated very easily when there were no reasons for it.

 Prolonged use of steroids in high dosage may cause a range of psychological troubles like:

-Mood swings (even to violence);

-Damaged judgment;



-High irritability;

-Hostility and aggression.

There is a term which define the violent behavior caused by steroid use: steroid rage. This aggressiveness is caused by the modifications occurring in the brain: dopamine receptors responsible for impulse control are changing. As a result users experience uncontrolled aggressiveness feelings and their judgment is damaged. In best case it is believe that if steroids are not responsible for violence, their increase the likelihood for an aggressiveness act to end up with violence.

Why the same aggressiveness in not seen in world sport ? If steroids are main cause for aggressiveness, why it is not  observed in athletes who take them vene in higher dosage? Those who defend steroid use bring as example the study done on 43 mens (source), which have taken the same amount of testosterone for weeks. In the final there were no differences between steroids-treated and  other group. This leads to conclusion, that if the individual show already aggressiveness signs before steroids consumption, than due to physical improvement, this symptom just worsen without blaming steroids for this.

Largely discussed on, the subject of cops on roids has provoked long debates. Look what a user say in defend of steroid use: “If you take 170 lb asshole and turn him into a 210 lb asshole, he’s more likely to speak his mind and not be scared of another person. However to blame the actions of many cops on steroids is asinine to me. If “roid rage” was such an actual side effect, where are the fights at baseball games or the Tour de France? It’s a mindset shared by the people who are attracted to “law enforcement” that is the problem. It’s the lacking of checks and balances that needs to be on the headline, not steroids and “roid rage.” (source)

What is indeed curious, is that authority takes noticeable steps against the use of steroids in sport, like drug tests able to trace which of sthels has been on roids. Police officers are monitored for steroids use, but is based on visual aspects too. Unless the person shows behavior problems,  he is not suspected for steroid use. This raise a warning since many of those who take aas may manipulated with this and continue being on drugs while exerting protective functions.

The lack of systematic drug testing has to be fulfilled with a closer attention on law enforcement community. Especial attention should be on those policies officers who participate in competitive bodybuilding organized in some cases by policy department.  It is very dangerous to put a gun and power in a person which has not total control of his reactions and behaviour.

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