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  • N.J. doctor supplied steroids to hundreds of law enforcement officers, firefighters

    This will not end well....

    N.J. doctor supplied steroids to hundreds of law enforcement officers, firefighters

    On a rainy August morning in 2007, the news rippled through New Jersey’s law enforcement ranks, officer to officer, department to department.

    Joseph Colao was dead.

    The 45-year-old physician had collapsed in his Jersey City apartment, the victim of heart failure.

    Within hours, officers were calling the Hudson County public safety complex.

    "Is it true?" they asked, recalled Detective Sgt. Ken Kolich, who’d drawn the routine assignment to look into the death. "Did Dr. Colao die?"

    Kolich didn’t suspect foul play, but he found it odd — and a little disturbing — that so many officers were interested in the fate of a man with no official ties to any police agency.

    Today, it’s clear Colao was more than just a doctor, friend or confidant to many of the officers.

    He was their supplier.

    A seven-month Star-Ledger investigation drawing on prescription records, court documents and detailed interviews with the physician’s employees shows Colao ran a thriving illegal drug enterprise that supplied anabolic steroids and human growth hormone to hundreds of law enforcement officers and firefighters throughout New Jersey.

    Strong at Any Cost

    From a seemingly above-board practice in Jersey City, Colao frequently broke the law and his own oath by faking medical diagnoses to justify his prescriptions for the drugs, the investigation shows.

    Many of the officers and firefighters willingly took part in the ruse, finding Colao provided an easy way to obtain tightly regulated substances that are illegal without a valid prescription, the investigation found.

    Others were persuaded by the physician’s polished sales pitch, one that glossed over the risks and legal realities, the newspaper found. A small percentage may have legitimately needed the drugs to treat uncommon medical conditions.

    In most cases, if not all, they used their government health plans to pay for the substances. Evidence gathered by The Star-Ledger suggests the total cost to taxpayers reaches into the millions of dollars.

    Cont:

    http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/201..._firefigh.html
    Last edited by WillBrink; 12-14-2010, 06:21 PM.
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  • #2
    WOW. I understand that Steroids can be prescribed (help some back injuries or other medical needs), but it sounds like the Officers may all have had 24 inch arms and upset about lost of their supplier.
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    • #3
      Ha Ha dis thready got locked down !! Ha Ha!!!!!
      Originally posted by mookster
      Sully, usually I hafta glance over your posts cuz my brain would have issues with the imagery you portray, however with that one I get it. I agree one hundred percent with ya.
      Originally posted by CityCopDC
      I swear to god you are not human. I know a rogue VI when I see one.
      Originally posted by OfficerDotCom
      I think no one is probably happier than Sully and I that we ARE NOT the same person.(seriously thanking God for that one).
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Exodus259
        So some stroke bag writes prescriptions, and the Government pays for it? Don't the police/fire have their own insurance carrier?

        This topic goes great with our discussion on why the medical field costs so god damn much money. Prime example right here.

        Heyyyy I thought dis' one got Da; "lock down"...... Hell I don't care's....anywho's..cause I in da' barn drink'in beer.....
        Originally posted by mookster
        Sully, usually I hafta glance over your posts cuz my brain would have issues with the imagery you portray, however with that one I get it. I agree one hundred percent with ya.
        Originally posted by CityCopDC
        I swear to god you are not human. I know a rogue VI when I see one.
        Originally posted by OfficerDotCom
        I think no one is probably happier than Sully and I that we ARE NOT the same person.(seriously thanking God for that one).
        -Frank




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        • #5
          It AINT locked down til I sez its on a lock down perfesa! PS I found ya

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Jiu-Jitsu Cop View Post
            WOW. I understand that Steroids can be prescribed (help some back injuries or other medical needs), but it sounds like the Officers may all have had 24 inch arms and upset about lost of their supplier.
            Anabolic steroids are an entirely different animal than corticosteroids which is what you're thinking of. Corticosteroids are mediators of inflammation (among other things) and are commonly used to treat asthma, acute injuries, and allergic reactions. Anabolic steroids influence things like muscle growth. There are a few legitimate medical reasons for prescribing anabolic steroids, but their most common -- and illegal -- use is to grow bigger muscles for weight lifters and body builders. Anabolic steroids used in supra-physiologic doses or for inappropriate conditions have been known to cause atrophy of the testicles and cancer. My own opinion is that if you don't make enough testosterone to build muscles, you should just get a vagina installed and take up needlepoint.
            "Son, you are a walkin' violation of the laws of nature...But we don't enforce them laws."

            I am just a country boy tryin' to make some sense
            But I'd like to ask the Congress, I'd like to ask the President
            "Can ya tell me where all the money went?"
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            • #7
              I wonder how many cops are gonna get found out and fired over this.......sad on more then one level.
              The only thing I hear when you say anything is "blah blah blah I'm a dirty whore".

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              I don't want to sound gay...

              But I'd do him.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Mr. Green View Post
                I wonder how many cops are gonna get found out and fired over this.......sad on more then one level.
                true, but happens all the time. San Bernardino, Phoenix, bunch of depts have gone thru it

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by HeadDoc View Post
                  My own opinion is that if you don't make enough testosterone to build muscles, you should just get a vagina installed and take up needlepoint.
                  Yet another quotable from O.Com!! Thanks Doc!!!! LMAO
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                  Lord have mercy. You're about as slick as the business side of duct tape.
                  Originally posted by DAL
                  You are without doubt a void surrounded by a sphincter muscle.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by HeadDoc View Post
                    My own opinion is that if you don't make enough testosterone to build muscles, you should just get a vagina installed and take up needlepoint.
                    BWAAAHAHAHAHAHA
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                    • #11
                      Continued discussion regarding this case, the use hormones for "anti aging," etc:


                      Booming anti-aging business relies on risky mix of steroids, growth hormone


                      A friend of mine, attorney Rick Collins is quoted in this article:

                      A less controversial argument on behalf of hormones comes from Rick Collins, a Long Island lawyer who has defended doctors and clinic owners charged with illegally dispensing the substances.
                      Collins, who has written extensively on steroid law and lectured at anti-aging conferences, questions why a mature man shouldn’t be legally permitted to choose hormone therapy if he’s weighed the benefits against the risks.
                      To make his point, he cites the theoretical case of an aging uncle who feels lousy but whose testosterone level is not clinically low. Testosterone therapy might make him feel better, but taking it could put him and his doctor at risk of prosecution, Collins said.
                      “Do we as a society want to prohibit that?” he asked. “It’s one thing for us to try to talk people out of decisions that involve risk, and it’s another to arrest them for it or to arrest the doctors who facilitate it. No one’s arresting the doctor who puts porn-star implants into a woman.
                      “We allow all sorts of choices to be made in this country based on the idea that personal autonomy over one’s body is of the highest value,” Collins said. “That’s what liberty is all about. That’s fundamentally American.”

                      http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/201...siness_re.html
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                      • #12
                        What Rick Collins isn't taking into account is that inappropriate use of anabolic steroids can result in profound behavioral changes, almost always for the worse -- hence the term "roid rage." Do we as a society want to prohibit people -- including police officers -- from using drugs that may cause them to lose control and pound someone to a pulp with their 'roid-enhanced muscles? I say we do.
                        "Son, you are a walkin' violation of the laws of nature...But we don't enforce them laws."

                        I am just a country boy tryin' to make some sense
                        But I'd like to ask the Congress, I'd like to ask the President
                        "Can ya tell me where all the money went?"
                        We might not be broke but we're badly bent!


                        The Tractors -- "Badly Bent" from the album Owner's Manual

                        "Common sense. So rare, it should be a super power." Exodus 259

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                        • #13
                          So, An MD writes a script, and the patient gets an otherwise illegal drug.

                          The cop, script and drugs in hand, has stuff prescribed by his MD.

                          Whatever the ethics of the MD, why will the cops get in trouble?

                          I know the situation is wrong, but if the paperwork is good I can't see how charges would work out.

                          M-11
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                          Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find it is vanity;
                          but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men,
                          for they act their dreams with open eyes to make it possible.....”

                          TE Lawrence

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by HeadDoc View Post
                            What Rick Collins isn't taking into account is that inappropriate use of anabolic steroids can result in profound behavioral changes, almost always for the worse -- hence the term "roid rage." .
                            As a medical doctor, you should be less inclined to believe media invented terms, and look at the primary lit on the topic to see if there is indeed solid data to support such hyperbole. There is not. Objectivity with these compounds has gone out the window - even with the medical community - over objective scientific approaches to actually answer such questions. An actual link between AAS and aggression (roid rage, not exactly a medical term...) is far from established, and like all drugs, follows the three Ds: Drug, Dosage, Duration.

                            Psychological and Behavioural Effects of Endogenous Testosterone Levels and Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids Among Males: A Review
                            Sports Medicine 10(5) 303-337. 1990.
                            Michael S. Bahrke, Charles E. Yesalis III, and James E. Wright

                            "Both medical and legal concerns regarding the psychological and behavioural effects of anabolic-androgenic steroids have been raised. Unfortunately, objective evidence documenting the short term psychological and behavioural changes accompanying and following anabolic-androgenic steroid use by athletes is extremely limited and is inconclusive. As indicated, many of the studies in this area suffer from methodological inadequacies such as small sample size, use of nonstandardised psychological inventories, and lack of appropriate control groups, among others. No acute adverse effects on mood or behaviour have been observed in individuals self-administering or clinically treated exclusively with non-17µ -alkylated anabolic-androgenic steroids, suggesting that these effects may be unrelated to androgenic actions but rather the result of nonandrogenic properties arising from the 17µ -alkylation and/or from binding to other than androgen receptors (Bardin et al. 1990; Friedl 1990; Janne 1990), or from interactions with other drugs. As Yesalis et al. (1989b,c, 1990a,b) and Cicero and O’Connor (1990) have pointed out, extremely little is known about the long term health impact of anabolic-androgenic steroids and their interactions with other drugs including drugs of abuse. Consequently, the need for much additional research is strongly indicated."

                            Look at the various publications by by Jack Darkes, PhD
                            Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
                            Director of Interventions, Alcohol and Substance Use Research Institute, University of South Florida

                            The following is a brief synopsis of a talk given at the 115th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA) in San Francisco, CA on August 19, 2007

                            "Research on aggression in adult human AAS users has largely relied on case studies and surveys. Although case studies (e.g., Pope & Katz, 1990; Thiblin, Lindquist, & Rajs, 2000), surveys (e.g., Galligani, Renck, & Hansen, 1996; Lefavi, Reeve, & Newland, 1990) and prospective surveys that follow self-selected users (e.g., Fudala, Weinrieb, Calarco, Kampman, & Boardman, 2003; Yates, Perry, & Murray, 1992) may suggest an AAS use/aggression association, results are both inconsistent and unable to determine cause and effect. Additionally, aggression measures do not reliably relate to AAS use periods (e.g., Fudala et al., 2003) or dose (e.g., Lefavi et al, 1990; Yates et al., 1992)."

                            He has written a number of papers on that topic, so it may be worth looking them up if interested in the topic. Of course there's the NEJM study (The Effects Of Supraphysiologic Doses Of Testosterone On Muscle Size And Strength In Normal Men.vol.336, July, 96) that gave men approx 6X HRT dose (600mg) of testosterone, and found no impact on behavior/aggression, or any negative impacts on other end points looked at: "the study found 600mg of testosterone enanthate did not change lipid profiles, did not raise prostate-specific antigens, or increase aggression."

                            The reality is, if not relying on media reports, etc, one will find the facts (such as they exist in the lit) don't reflect the mythology. People interested in a solid review of the potential dangers of steroids I suggest: Street. C., Antonio A., and Cudlipp, D. “Androgen Use by Athletes: A Reevaluation of the Health Risks.” Can. J. Appl. Phys. 21(6): 421-440. 1996. This is probably the most unbiased and accurate review on the topic so far.

                            Rick Collins is an expert on that topic, been called to speak in front of Congress on the topic, etc.
                            Last edited by WillBrink; 12-16-2010, 09:10 AM.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by M-11 View Post
                              So, An MD writes a script, and the patient gets an otherwise illegal drug.

                              The cop, script and drugs in hand, has stuff prescribed by his MD.

                              Whatever the ethics of the MD, why will the cops get in trouble?

                              I know the situation is wrong, but if the paperwork is good I can't see how charges would work out.

                              M-11
                              You being an LEO from Jersey, might be in the best position here to answer that. I'm guessing, what's really going to **** people off - in the current economy - is "In most cases, if not all, they used their government health plans to pay for the substances. Evidence gathered by The Star-Ledger suggests the total cost to taxpayers reaches into the millions of dollars." I don't know what the specific legality is for that considering it was legally prescribed to them, but knowingly prescribed for medical conditions they didn't actually have. Fraud? I'm not sure myself, but you can be the DA et al are looking for all the angles they can via pressure from higher ups and all that.

                              There's a bunch of pseudo science BS in that article from a science perspective, and some stuff they seems thinly covered anti LEO to me, so other then the basic facts, take with a grain O salt. For example:

                              "In just over a year, records show, at least 248 officers and firefighters from 53 agencies used Colao’s fraudulent practice to obtain muscle-building drugs, some of which have been linked to increased aggression, confusion and reckless behavior.
                              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."

                              So much BS in so few words. Invented cause and effect, connecting dots to make associations, etc. Is 6 out of 248 above the norm rates for LEO and corrections officers over that span of time? I don't know the answer to that, but I suspect they don't either, or care.
                              Last edited by WillBrink; 12-16-2010, 11:18 AM.
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