In most cases, the officers or firefighters used their government issued health plans to pay for the substances. Evidence gathered by The Star-Ledger report suggests that the total cost to taxpayers reaches into the millions of dollars. And who do you think will cover the cost of their disability when the side effects of steroids and growth hormones catch up to them?
Six of those patients — four police officers and two corrections officers — were named in lawsuits alleging excessive force or civil rights violations around the time they received drugs from him or shortly afterward.
Others have been arrested, fired or suspended for off-duty infractions that include allegations of assault, domestic abuse, harassment and drug possession. One patient was left nearly paralyzed after suffering a stroke his doctor attributed to growth hormone prescribed by Colao.
Read the full story (as paraphrased above) and keep your eyes out for unusually jacked up police officers like the ones pictured above. Use of illegal or prescription muscle-building drugs is more prevalent than you'd think amongst police officers. And next time you're in New Jersey, be wary of "Roid Rage" when asserting your rights in a police encounter.