Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 | 2 a.m.
A recent study co-funded by ESPN and the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that 52 percent of retired football players had used prescription pain drugs (opioids) during their professional careers. Of those, 63 percent admitted they received the painkillers from coaches, trainers, fellow teammates and other sources.
Ironically, the NFL has a policy on substance abuse, which prohibits the illegal use of drugs. So on one hand the NFL is telling players they can’t use illegal drugs, but with their other hand the league turns a blind eye to its coaches, team physicians and trainers handing out prescription painkillers like candy. Obviously, there is something terribly wrong with this picture.
And while states across our nation are recognizing and legalizing the use of medical cannabis programs to ease people’s pain and suffering, the NFL lists cannabis as an illegal drug in