Canberra Times: Canberra police officers test positive to cocaine, illegal supplements

Canberra police officers have resigned from the force after testing positive for cocaine and illegal steroid-like substances.

New data has revealed three ACT Policing employees returned positive tests for drugs in the year to July 2020.

All resigned during a subsequent professional standards investigation.

He confirmed during that period, three verified positive results were obtained for ACT Policing employees.

An unsworn employee of the force tested positive for ketamine, MDMA, MDA, cocaine and benzoylecgonine.

“Depending on the sample taken, the period of time can range from a few days to a few months,” he said.

“The result is then verified by the AFP medical review officer before a confirmed positive result in known.

Of the 364 tests completed, 22 were as a result of a professional standards investigation, while the remainder were random tests.

“All three former appointees resigned during the professional standards investigation,” she said.

“AFP appointees who receive a verified positive result for their mandatory drug test for prohibited substances are in most cases, suspended without pay and are subject to a category three serious misconduct investigation,” the spokeswoman said.

They are often used as an alternative to steroids and claimed to have fewer side effects.

In 2018, ACT Health investigated the reported sale of the sports supplements containing SARMs following complaints to the Health Protection Service.

“These substances are banned for a reason. They pose a significant health risk and for the majority of these substances there is no legitimate medical use.”

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