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Markham: Human Growth Hormone Was for Diabetes

Mokena 159 board of education candidate Patrick Markham was convicted of possession of anabolic steroid in 2008, Mokena Patch has learned. Markham said he used the human growth hormone to treat his diabetes.

A 2008 conviction of possession of anabolic steroid was the result of an online pharmacy order gone wrong, Mokena 159 school board candidate Patrick Markham said.

According to court documents acquired by Mokena Patch, Markham was charged in 2008 with unlawful possession of human growth hormone with intent to deliver.

The felony charge was later reduced to possession of anabolic steroid, a misdemeanor of which Markham was convicted, according to court documents.

Markham told Patch he had ordered the human growth hormone, for which he had a prescription, to treat his diabetes. He said he purchased from an online overseas pharmacy because it was "too costly" to buy in the United States. Markham said it was the first time he had ordered human growth hormone and that he had not used it before placing the order.

The package carrying the human growth hormone, which was shipped from China and marked as a "gift" with a declared value of $20, caught the attention of the Joliet Metropolitan Area Narcotics Squad (M.A.N.S.), according to documents. The squad received a warrant to search Markham's business in January of 2008. M.A.N.S. seized 50 vials of human growth hormone, seven bottles of bacteriostatic water and a syringe.

Markham pleaded guilty to possession of anabolic steroid and was fined $1,000 and sentenced to 12 months conditional discharge.

dismayed March 28, 2011 at 09:49 PM
Pat Markham this is not a trivial thing, it is not jaywalking or a traffic ticket as you indicated. Your continued attempts to rationalize this is abhorent. HGH is legally synonmous with steroids. Can you not realize that what you did supports an illegal industry that screws up kids? You illegally purchased drugs, an expellable offense for our children. Sec. 402. Except as otherwise authorized by this Act, it is unlawful for any person knowingly to possess a controlled or counterfeit substance or controlled substance analog. A violation of this Act with respect to each of the controlled substances listed herein constitutes a single and separate violation of this Act. For purposes of this Section, "controlled substance analog" or "analog" means a substance which is intended for human consumption, other than a controlled substance, that has a chemical structure substantially similar to that of a controlled substance in Schedule I or II, or that was specifically designed to produce an effect substantially similar to that of a controlled substance in Schedule I or II. ….. For purposes of this Act, a controlled substance analog shall be treated in the same manner as the controlled substance to which it is substantially similar. (d) Any person who violates this Section with regard to any amount of anabolic steroid is guilty of a Class C misdemeanor for the first offense and a Class B misdemeanor for a subsequent offense committed within 2 years of a prior conviction.
Dee Miller March 28, 2011 at 11:26 PM
Dismayed-- did you find all that information on the pamphlet that came with your xanax perscription you just picked up or what? Drop it already! Your personal attacks against this man are getting you no where!
Vote Yes March 29, 2011 at 12:27 AM
William..what happened to your 3AM post that bashed Zakula and Spalla for attending the 3 on 3 tournament?
Vote Yes March 29, 2011 at 12:32 AM
Thank you ..for realizing that you shouldn't have posted that
dismayed March 29, 2011 at 01:28 AM
I quoted the exact law under which Mr. Markham was convicted. I don't care what he was using the stuff for, its irrelevant. Its an illegal on-line industry that preys on children and young adults. HGH/Steroid abuse is a huge problem in this country; law enforcement bans its illegal use, all major sports are banning it, high schools ban it, colleges ban it. His son Rory is in an industry, ultimate fighting, wherein the abuses are rampant. Nate Diaz, Rory’s former opponent, responded in an interview recently about UFC fighter Chael Sonnen’s recent failed Performance Enhancing Drug test. Nate Diaz: “Not a surprise. It’s not that he’s on steroids but all these guys are on steroids. So can’t be a surprise when somebody pops up on steroids. It usually is surprising when someone doesn’t pop up on steroids.” . Even those in his son’s profession are abusing this drug. How can Mr. Markam be so darn cavalier about his illegal procurement of this drug? This is a serious, serious offense, based upon his comments here and in the Southtown blog Mr. Markham is in denial. This is my last comment. I remain dismayed.

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