TRENTON – For measures that have been in the works for years, it took a vivid and insightful Star-Ledger expose to move the Assembly to take action Monday on provisions for human growth hormone (HGH) prescription abuse.
Regulations on the steroid-like HGH abuses are addressed in A3698, sponsored by Assemblyman Herb Conaway, (D-7), of Delanco.
The bill empowers the Division of Consumer Affairs to monitor HGH in the Prescription Monitoring Program, and it passed the lower chamber, 78-0.
Co-sponsor Assemblyman Ruben Ramos (D-33), of Hoboken, said, “Obviously, the police officers and firefighters who obtain these substances and have the taxpayer foot the bill will probably think twice.”
Two other bills are also moving through the Assembly, which another co-sponsor, Assemblyman John McKeon (D-27), of West Orange, said help address the public safety end of the problem.
One bill requires public safety officers to report any prescription to HGH they are prescribed to their superior officer. The other bill adds anabolic steroids to the list of testable substances under pre-existing Attorney General drug screening guidelines.
The corresponding upper chamber bill, S2672, is sponsored by state Sen. Loretta Weinberg, (D-37), of Teaneck, although it hasn’t moved out of committee yet.