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Probe Sought Into Steroid Use By NJ Cops

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Several lawmakers are calling for an investigation into steroid use by law enforcement officers and firefighters in New Jersey.

The requests follow a seven-month investigation by The Star-Ledger of Newark that found at least 248 officers and firefighters had obtained steroids, growth hormone and other muscle-building drugs from a Jersey City doctor. The newspaper found he often falsified diagnoses to justify his prescriptions for the substances.

The newspaper also found the officers and firefighters used their government benefits to pay for the drugs in most, if not all, cases.

Deputy Assembly Speaker John McKeon wants Attorney General Paula Dow to open a criminal inquiry.

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