Pain and pain management in NFL spawn a culture of prescription drug use and abuse

… Court records and interviews reveal that until recently some NFL teams either flouted or were ignorant of Drug Enforcement Agency laws governing the dispensing of painkillers. Moreover, The Washington Post surveyed more than 500 former players about their experiences with drugs in the NFL. One in four said he felt pressure from team doctors to take medication he was uncomfortable with. [cont.]

Sally Jenkins & Rick Maese, Washington Post