Steroids Probe Entangles 50 Cent, Blige

Anti-aging claims lure entertainers to illegally prescribed HGH
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2008 1:05 PM CST
Steroids Probe Entangles 50 Cent, Blige
Timbaland poses backstage at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Palms Hotel and Casino on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007, in Las Vegas. Timbaland is one of several entertainers who have been fingered as steroid or HGH use in an Albany DA's probe. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – To the list of celebs implicated in steroids investigations, add 50 Cent and Mary J. Blige. The Albany-based probe that has already fingered major pro athletes also involves entertainers, the Albany Times Union reports, indicating steroid use has grown far beyond the realm of sports. Other stars who received the illegally prescribed drugs, which are believed to have anti-aging properties, include Timbaland, Wyclef Jean, and Tyler Perry.

None of the stars is accused of a crime, but their suppliers are. New York law prohibits doctors from writing prescriptions for patients they've never examined. More than recording artists or baseball players, tens of thousands of others were drawn in, one doctor said. “The impact is lost if people think we’re just dealing with folks who show up in People magazine.” (Read more anabolic steroids stories.)

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