Oconee explores steroid tests for county employees

WALHALLA, S.C. (AP) — An Oconee County councilman says he wants all county employees to undergo steroid testing.

Wayne McCall says he became concerned after hearing rumors about steroid use among deputies and firefighters.

McCall says he’s worried physical side effect from steroid use could cost taxpayers lots of money in worker’s compensation claims, while the drugs’ mental side effects could cause deputies to exercise poor judgment.

Oconee county administrator Scott Moulder has said he was working on a report to present to county council about whether or not testing would be cost effective.

Oconee County employees are already randomly screened for narcotics. Moulder said he wasn’t aware of other local government that test employees for steroids.

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