DEA quietly investigating painkiller use in NFL

The NFL might be getting past the concussion lawsuits, but another major concern

According to Michael O’Keefe, an investigate sports journalist for the Daily News, the Drug Enforcement Administration has “quietly launched an investigation into the abuse of prescription medication in NFL locker rooms.” (Daily News, July 12)

So far, DEA agents from the administration’s New York bureau have been in contact with former NFL players, team doctors and trainers to understand how players get access serious narcotics like Percodan and Vicodin or nonaddictive prescription anti-inflammatory drugs like Toradol.

“They want to find out who provided and distributed the drugs to football players,” one source told the Daily News.

The DEA has been investigating the NFL on this matter dating back to 2010 when the New Orleans Saints alleged prescription painkiller cover up made headlines.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

While some might jump on the Daily News, this is a story that Michael O’Keefe and the Daily News has been following for the paper dating back to at least 2010.  The first big story to hit the public was the New Orleans painkiller coverup in 2010, which Gary Myers reported on for the Daily News.  O’Keefe has also written about current former Jet and current SNY analyst Ray Lucas problems with painkiller abuse back in 2010.

We wrote about the NFL’s substance abuse policies in response to Antonio Cromartie’s comments back in February. (TJB, February 5)




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RENEGADE LAW ENFORCEMENT ON A MISGUIDED AND ILL FATED CRUSADE.


Who are these people that set themselves up like some Micro God demanding absolute blind obedience and total subjugation, deciding what is good for everyone. I object. The D.E.A.are a group of evil authoritarian sociopaths., Completely out of control and way over the top. Billions in public grant funds are being misdirected and commandeered by these Authoritarian  Sociopaths. This is funds intended for the well being and benefit of the American people. Instead used to to buy weapons used for mass destruction, targeting pot smokers and the homeless. This theft of public funds must stop..

Brendan
Brendan

So, how bout that World Cup, eh? 

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

It all boils down to the fact that football is a very violent sport where technology has almost caught up to the bad part of playing the game, injuries.

As a price, these  preventatives and remedies must pay a price.

kniff
kniff

Pain killers as needed for NFL players (including MJ) should best be left to the players themselves, their physicians, team trainers, and families...

NOT bureaucrats in Washington.

a57se
a57se

I love how this thread has gone from the DEA investigating pain killer abuse in the NFL to a forum for legalizing Marijuana!

Where are the mods when you need them.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

Gangrels, we have been the bad boys of the NFL and one of the whipping posts; even put down by some of our own beat writers, but we know who we are and where we are going, even if we have to stand alone!    http://tinyurl.com/37qcdmr

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

Gangrels, I don't where our season will go, but I guarantee one thing, the Farm has your back!  Whether we win or lose, we stay dedicated to the cause and bleed green!  The Farm will stay in the pocket no matter how fierce the pass rush, book it!  We stand and deliver together or die trying, but whatever scenario, all for one , and one for all. If all fails, we just dispense some Oxycontin, lol

williamg1
williamg1

Let ban them from using marijuana, but pump them full of addictive opiates. Does that really make sense? 

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

Does the DEA play football and understand that pain killers are needed? I know they are addictive but until science comes up with other short term methods, they will be part of football.  

a57se
a57se

I guess the DEA has given up on all the drugs that flow into this country from all over the world since they have nothing better to do than this...

bob
bob

@Brendan 

Germany seem to be on the offense and on Argentina's side a lot.

WW85
WW85

Sad it's over. Loved all of it. Soccer is an amazing game.

kniff
kniff

@Brendan Germany played hard throughout, and deserved the ultimate prize... no gripes here.


It should be noted however, that the U.S. played extremely well...

Pete 57
Pete 57

Actually, that is how it was sold to the American people. The real reason behind it was DuPont. Look up the use of hemp and DuPont and you will see the real reason.

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

@UncleJoesJetFarm They're not saying players can't use them, but they have to go through the proper process of involving a doctor and obtaining a prescription, like everyone else. These aren't some harmless OTC drugs.

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

@a57se That's a Sisyphean task anyway. You can never stop that flow.  You can either legalize it and regulate it, or illegally benefit from it (see: Iran/Contra)

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se I was under the impression that the DEA can do more than one thing at a time. 

Joey Cimino
Joey Cimino

@Hanknaples


I might be. Funny you should mention this...I actually have a family reunion coming up this weekend. The first in about 20 years. I'll be sure to ask around.

a57se
a57se

@Brendan @a57se 

I was under the impression the DEA pretty much screwed up everything it touched...Perhaps I've been too fast and furious with my opinion of them!

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@Brendan @a57se Not really, my Uncle works for them and they are so cash strapped and restricted by the budget, that it is not funny!

williamg1
williamg1

@Hanknaples @williamg1 @UncleJoesJetFarm


Hank, you don't know what you're talking about. The great majority of MJ is Indica, and Indica has a heavy body effect, as opposed to Sativa which has much more of a mind effect. 

levi
levi

@Hanknaples  Maybe they will all hold hands and sing Kumbaya now.

williamg1
williamg1

@UncleJoesJetFarm @Disgruntled Jets Fan @a57se Marijuana is evil?????? Its only illegal because Congress says it is -- just like they prohibited alcohol for a period of time. 

a57se
a57se

@UncleJoesJetFarm 

Yeah, they figured they could get some additional funding by suing the NFL....

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@levi @williamg1 Lets legalize drunk driving while we are it. I want everyone driving stoned and bombed, it will make things interesting, lol Oh, and definitely those cat houses!

levi
levi

@Hanknaples  I believe they have actually figured out how to take the "buzz" out of it so you only get the other effects. I read something about it a while back.

williamg1
williamg1

@Hanknaples @williamg1 @UncleJoesJetFarm

Hank, I just posted a link to the National Cancer Institute. 


You seriously think your poorly-informed gut feelings trump the NCI?


I really don't think you can articulate a coherent response, Hank. 


juunit
juunit

@levi @Hanknaples 

Yes, they have. They have even developed strains that are very high in something called CBD, which is helping people to stop having violent seizures they otherwise have on a daily basis. Among other things. Because of federal resistance, testing on this kind of stuff is pathetically far behind where it should be. 

levi
levi

@Hanknaples It aint gonna be popular in my house either. Im old school baby. Although I really really like the hemp oil. Put a little on your tongue and youre set.

levi
levi

@Hanknaples I know a guy with a painful disintegrating hip and he went from 13 meds to two when he started using hemp oil Hank. so he chose the oil over pain meds that were ruing his body.

levi
levi

@Hanknaples Im sure people will always need stronger meds tham MJ but it is good that its finally being used as a med and can help some to get off more powerful damaging drugs.