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.

Mike March 24, 2011 at 02:49 PM
Have our mayor moderate. He's the most respected person in town.
Mike March 24, 2011 at 02:51 PM
I agree that there should be crowd control. The union would probably bus in people from Chicago. I will put Al and Jesse up in my house that night.
Rob Love March 24, 2011 at 03:00 PM
Rob Love March 24, 2011 at 03:08 PM
"You can't even get the community members or parents to volunteer to chaperone a school dance for the children, to keep them off the streets, how do you think you will get them to volunteer for the positions you are referring to? " -Jim Daniels (MJHS TEACHER) **************WOW, thanks for insulting all the parents AND community members of DISTRICT 159. WHY DON'T YOU STOP COMMENTING ON THIS BOARD AND GET BACK TO TEACHING OUR CHILDREN, THAT IS WHAT WE ARE PAYING YOU FOR.
Just A Thought March 24, 2011 at 03:25 PM
As I and my spouse volunteer often (as often as the school allows) I take offense to this remark. It shows a compltee lack of consideration or appreciation for all our efforts. Typical "I'm smarter than you", holier-than-thou attitude from your typical pro-ref supporter. HEY PRO-REFs this guy is ONE OF YOURS...DOES HE DO YOU PROUD?!?
Jim Daniels March 24, 2011 at 04:36 PM
LOL, wow Mr. Love, that maturity degraded fast. Sorry if I offended you by my letter. My intent was to inform you that there are factual reasons the school board has to act the way it does at times and many of these 'out of the box' ideas will be squashed when having to adhere to the law. Since you like your facts I thought my observation of the facts considering lack of volunteers at school dances would be an eye opener for you in consideration of your ideas. Did not intend to insult parents or the community as there are quite a few members in each group who I look up to for devoting so much of their free time towards other activities in the district. If you think my profession is a teacher and I work for any school district, then you have jumped to an erroneous conclusion. I am just a parent who actually took the time to get informed on the facts. But you yourself have shown the community and parents of the district your complete lack of respect for the people teaching your children. I want the best teachers available teaching my children, I guess you would settle for a minimum wage babysitter. And just to clarify, you pay taxes, you don't pay the salaries of teachers, fireman or even police officers and your name isn't on the payroll checks. Maybe that means I'm a police officer now. LOL. Hint: don't forget to check the time stamp before making accusations. Have a nice day.
Rob Love March 24, 2011 at 04:47 PM
The tax payers, pay taxes and that money goes to paying all of those government, community service salaries you listed. Yes we do pay teachers, firemen, and police officers. Homeowners, Employees and Business Owners PAY tax after tax after tax FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL, SALES, TOLLS what other taxes am I forgetting??. Where did you think the money comes from? Giving people tickets for speeding?
Rob Love March 24, 2011 at 04:54 PM
Too bad this administration is firing the teachers. Also, it is easy to run background checks on volunteers and very inexpensive. It is easy to jump to erroneous conclusions isn't it? Just as so many are doing on these boards. So, I wonder how many people think you are a teacher now? Just as someone called Pat Markham a convicted Felon... SO ERRONEOUS!
Rob Love March 24, 2011 at 05:00 PM
Sorry if I offended you for calling you a teacher. It is crazy how easy it is to jump to conclusions based on half information and others just go along with what is being said.
Rob Love March 24, 2011 at 05:02 PM
Jim, When this is all said and done, I may request an appointment with your brother Jack! LOL
Kipper March 24, 2011 at 05:52 PM
Has anyone stopped to think about this? Why is it if you have a prescription from a medical doctor, you can't go out of the country to buy it?, Why is it illegal? It be one thing if your filling prescriptions you have no medical need or script for, but if you had one why?, Why is it parents volunteering is such a liability? Assuming background checks are done on these parents and school conduct rules are fallowed. I know, I have an idea because Pharmaceutical companies and teacher unions give huge donations every year to politicians. These politicians turn around make laws. Laws that protect these two from us the consumer. They don't need to be competitive in todays world no one can demand it. The ways around these companies and unions is either unethical or illegal! Some times we need to stop and think of the hole picture, morality is something you can not govern. Someday whenever you have time look at what some countries deem illegal. I'm sure there would be many of us that would stop and say really?
Thoughtful Citizen March 24, 2011 at 06:56 PM
Sadly, I don't think I will post any more to this site. I have always thought that honest discourse is the way things should be debated. These posts have become nothing short of dispicable. The name calling and attacks one those who post have not been beneficial to anyone. This is an example of the worst Mokena has to offer and we should all be ashamed of those who have been so venemous with our neighbors. This is an example of why Mokena is becoming the laughing stock of the area. My parting comment is simply that each person who has posted or reads this thread consider how we would act if our children acted this way. I think most of us would be appalled with this behavior out of our children and I think our children would be just as appalled with us if they understood what was going on.
Dee Miller March 24, 2011 at 07:11 PM
Funny thing, most of what you just said, is exactly what I wanted to say to You in your post on the other page. we should all be ashamed of those who have been so venomous with our neighbors If you thought this way your other post on the other page would not be there
Jim Daniels March 24, 2011 at 09:04 PM
LOL, no brothers, just sisters but none are named Jackie.
Just A Thought March 24, 2011 at 09:04 PM
To My fellow posters at the Patch ; In the past weeks (months?), There has been a constant battle between the Pro-referendum residents and the Anti-referendum residents. There has been a lot of nastiness and bad blood. I have had a big part in this. I have said (typed) some truly nasty comments to a lot of you, and I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely apologize for my words. I am not apologizing for my stance or for my support of Mr. Markham and Mr. Ford, they are both very good men, but I am apologizing for the way that I went about supporting them. I have no explanation other than I got caught up in the heat of the battle - I lost sight of doing the right thing while trying to prove that my point was right. Some posters tried to tell me (Thoughtful Citizen – with his ‘high-road’ post, others as well), but I was too caught up too listen. My self-revelation came when my wife finally told me that she was ashamed of me for how I was writing. She reminded me that when this is over, we are all going to have to live together, and it will not be possible if this continues. She is/was right. She was not the first person to tell me this, but she is the one that made it stick. I thank her for this.
Just A Thought March 24, 2011 at 09:05 PM
We are going to disagree – that is bound to happen – but we need to be respectful and courteous when we do so. Some may think me weak for saying this or that I am a quitter – I am neither, I just will not participate in the baiting and pettiness anymore. It is wrong, I was wrong to participate. To my anti-ref friends and comrades, my stance has not changed – you have and always will have my support. To the pro ref supporters, again I offer my deepest and most sincere apologies. I am going to take a break from posting for awhile, I’ll probably watch but not participate. Please learn from my mistakes. Sincerely, Just A Thought
happy and content March 24, 2011 at 09:09 PM
That was very nice "Just A Thought".....appreciate what you said. :)
Vote yes March 26, 2011 at 01:39 PM
William, Markham and Ford did not need a invite..They could have made plans to come out and talk to the public... Take some advise from Just a Thought and stop with your nonsense already
William Phelps March 26, 2011 at 04:52 PM
vote yes what do you do for a livign you work for the school right??? union teacher enuff said ???
vote yes March 27, 2011 at 11:30 PM
Here you go again...trying to attack the messenger and not reposnding to the issue at hand. I simply stated that Markham and Ford COULD have been there if they wanted to be... SO "enuff" hasn't been said. Since you can't respond to my statement...I guess all you felt you could do was try to come up with more nonsense.
Rocco T March 28, 2011 at 12:16 AM
Another very enlightening article on Patrick Markham. http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/4508271-418/candidate-hgh-was-for-diabetes.html
dismayed March 28, 2011 at 01:31 AM
HGH is classified as a controlled substance because of its known abuses. Buying HGH on-line illegally proliferates and supports an industry which preys on our children and young adults, making its profit off the illegal abuses of HGH and steroids. Simply put: Illegal use of HGH/Steroids is wrong. Illegal possession of HGH/Steroids is wrong. Illegal purchase of HGH/Steroids is wrong. Mr. Markham, please do not try to rationalize it by portraying yourself as a poor uninformed senior, you have proven yourself to be a seasoned politician. Your son Rory is a professional ultimate fighter. A profession wherein the abuse of steroids is well documented. I find it inconceivable that you were unaware of the laws given that your professional son advised you to obtain the drugs. HGH is predominately prescribed to children with stunted growth from pituitary disorders. What do you say to those families whose cost to legally obtain this needed drug for their child is increased because persons like yourself support this illegal industry? What happened to the Marine motto “ Protect those who cannot protect themselves.”
Dee Miller March 28, 2011 at 01:54 AM
How many email addresses does the same person have to make up to keep changing their names and post all the crud that they do? Here is some reading material. http://www.thegrowthhormone.com/diabetes-hgh.html Read up on it, it is not unheard of! This is just ridiculous, grow up and stop trying to degrade this man!
john Q Adams March 28, 2011 at 11:36 AM
WRONG HGH is a HORMONE prescribed IN HORMONE THERAPY, PRESCRIBED! There are many doctors and then complete facilities that provide HORMONE therapy. Unfortunately not many people know of this avenue of medicine somewhat new, at least newer than leeches. WHY do you attack a man, now a son, now the marines.? Are you that afraid to let the candidates run on the issues and or oopss the other candidates DONT take a stand on the issues, no they wear costumes and give speeches at pro referendum rallies, thats the ticket for sure, yup lets keep bashing , probably the only GOOD candidate or candidates Markham and Ford , while the others sit and campaign on school grounds. WOO WOW, sure it makes all the sense in the world.
john Q Adams March 28, 2011 at 11:46 AM
also try this link www.childrenfirst159.com interesting, seems to do alot for Kids and seniors , helping those that cant help themselves... no wonder we cant find or get good candidates to run for office , we hang em high and let the administration backed and vanilla , tell em what they want to hear, just slide in because the good guy has stinky feet. Didnt we see enough of this in the last governer election, NO issues just slam the candidate. Why are the other two Administration candidates running this sort of smear strategy??? YeP they are a part of the group that is posting all this twisted nonsense
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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