October 1, 2020

David Soares is a Political Fraud Basking in Publicity of Steroid Scandal

David Soares is a political fraud ostensibly promising drug law reform while expanding the costly war on drugs in a different direction. He was elected to the office of the Albany County District Attorney running on a platform seeking to repeal New York’s draconian Rockefeller Drug Laws. Many progressive anti-prohibition organizations fell in love with his rhetoric. To Soare’s credit, his campaign was influential in the passage of minor Rockefeller drug law reforms although critics have charged that the changes do not represent real reform.

Prosecutor David Soares continues to strongly criticize the U.S. war on drugs as an abysmal failure. His 2006 speech at the International Harm Reduction Association conference in Vancouver, where he warned Canada to stay as far away from U.S. drug policy as possible, earned him praise from drug law reformers.

Yet at the same time Soares was criticizing the failure of the “war on drugs”, he was aggressively invigorating the nation’s “war on steroids“; he abandoned his efforts to repeal the Rockefeller drug laws in favor of a costly steroid witch hunt. The inescapable hypocrisy of David Soares’ actions suggest a political opportunist who lacks a principled stance on drug law reform [Read more…]

Jersey City Police Officers Linked to Lowen’s Pharmacy Steroid Scandal

The New York Police Department (NYPD) turned over the names of over two dozen and maybe as many as forty Jersey City officers to the internal affairs unit of the Jersey City Police Department (JCPD). They are under investigation for improperly obtaining anabolic steroids from Lowen’s Pharmacy.

The NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau launched an investigation last month after 27 names of NYPD officers were among those buying steroids and growth hormone from Lowen’s Pharmacy; only a few officers faced internal charges and none faced criminal charges. [Read more…]

Misconception that Anabolic Steroids "Enhance Looks, Strength and Speed"

I regularly read the coverage of the Signature Pharmacy steroid distribution investigation by journalist Brendan Lyons of the Albany Times Union. This is primarily because he seems to have the best access to information related to the investigation since it is an Albany-based investigation initiated by District Attorney David Soares. However, articles are not very well-balanced and regularly include baffling statements such as this (emphasis added):

While Congress is preparing to focus on baseball players alleged to have taken the drugs, medical experts are warning that steroids and human growth hormone are being illegally prescribed nationwide at an alarming rate under the misconception they will aid healing, enhance looks, strength and speed, or slow aging. [Read more…]

David Soares Compares Signature Pharmacy to Cocaine Cartels

David Soares was quoted comparing Signature Pharmacy to the powerful 1980s era cocaine cartels (at least the Hollywood version). Perhaps he sees himself as the star anti-steroid crusader in a future movie adaption about the steroid trafficking investigation?:

They’re living the lifestyle of the Tony Montanas of the ’70s and ’80s because they’re drug dealers…

The Albany District Attorney has spearheaded the investigation into the distribution of growth hormone, anabolic steroids and ancillary drugs by Signature Pharmacy and a network of longevity clinics. Physicians around the country were allegedly paid to write steroid prescriptions for patients they never examined. [Read more…]