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Sporting News: Report: NFL's allegedly illegal drug distribution has DEA's attention

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  1. Akrasian Well-Known Member

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    http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/sto...ption-class-action-players-new-york-narcotics

    If the NFL didn't take retirees' class-action lawsuit accusing the league of providing drugs without warning players of consequences seriously, it probably should now that the Drug Enforcement Administration is involved.

    The DEA has "quietly" launched an investigation into the abuse of such prescription drug use in NFL locker rooms, sources tell the New York Daily News. “They want to find out who provided and distributed the drugs to football players," according to a report.

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    The investigation reportedly started just after May's federal lawsuit, in which players identified by name accuse teams of illegally dispensing powerful narcotics and other drugs to keep players on the field without regard for their long-term health.

    “The allegations in our lawsuit, that the NFL has violated state and federal drug laws, have been confirmed by over 1,300 former NFL players,” attorney Steve Silverman told The News. “We are pleased to learn that the DEA and United States Department of Justice are also taking our clients’ allegations seriously and are actively protecting the welfare of NFL players.”

    Specifically, the DEA's New York division is trying to find out how team doctors get access to narcotics like Percodan and Vicodin and anti-inflammatories like Toradol, according to the report.
     
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