NJ assembly panel approves strict GH use rulesAn Assembly committee unanimously advanced legislation urging for tighter monitoring of human growth hormone (HGH) amid growing evidence that the drug is widely abused.

The bill was termed as a non-intrusive way for protecting “the integrity of medicine” by Health and Senior Services Committee chairman Herb Conaway (D-Burlington) who said the bill will help in cracking down on abuse by both patients and physicians.

According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, growth hormone deficiency affects one of every 100,000 American adults annually.

The Star-Ledger found a Jersey City physician routinely faking medical diagnoses for adult growth hormone deficiency and supplying the drugs for muscle building purposes to law enforcement officers and firefighters.