The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld the constitutionality of testing police officers for steroids.
Approximately 250 police officers and firefighters, including several from the Jersey City police force, were accused of getting prescriptions for anabolic steroids and human growth hormones. In response, Jersey City police chief Tom Comey ordered his officers to test for the performance-enhancing drugs and suspended them from active duty until their testosterone levels went down in 2008.
Some of the officers filed suit, arguing that the tests violated their civil rights and that the drugs were legally prescribed to help with legitimate medical conditions. Comey claimed that the officers on steroids could have been a risk to the public given that the drugs have been tied to mood swings and aggressive behavior.