Police Officer Who Purchased Testosterone Involved in Fatal Traffic Accident

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An off-duty Jersey City police officer was involved in fatal traffic accident that resulted in the death of an 82-year old woman. Rick Garrison received traffic summons for careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident and failure to observe a traffic signal after the car he was driving crashed into seven parked and moving vehicles at a high rate of speed. His car rear-ended an SUV that resulted in the fatality.

The New Jersey Star-Ledger suggests that anabolic steroids may have played a role in the fatal crash.

Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio, whose office is leading the accident investigation, told The Star-Ledger the officer will be tested for illicit and prescription drugs, including anabolic steroids. Post-accident toxicology tests typically do not include a panel for steroids, which in some cases can cause irrational behavior, aggression, recklessness and confusion.

The Star-Ledger revealed that Officer Garrison was prescribed testosterone and HCG by an unscrupulous anti-aging doctor.

A recent Star-Ledger expose revealed the names of several police officers on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) after reviewing the private prescription records related to the medical practice of Joseph Colao. The newspapers alleges that Colao falsified diagnoses and wrote bogus prescriptions for anabolic steroids such as testosterone.

Within a few days of the fatal crash, the newspaper was able to cross-reference Garrison’s name with the prescription records and link the officer to Dr. Colao’s steroid practice.

The Star-Ledger investigative team was awarded the George Polk Award for Metropolitan Reporting by Long Island University for exposing the “hidden world of steroid use and fraud among law enforcement officers across New Jersey.”

If any law enforcement officers are in the news in the future, we can count on the Star-Ledger to cross-reference Colao’s prescription records to see if they were prescribed testosterone.

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