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NY Times: The NFL and the Opioid crisis.

manh george : 2/2/2019 3:25 pm
Sorry to be a downer the day before the Super Bowl, but this just got posted by the NY Times, today.

Quote:

For N.F.L. Retirees, Opioids Bring More Pain
A brutal game got them hooked on painkillers. In retirement, they battle addiction. The opioid crisis courses through football...

Like hundreds of former N.F.L. players, Campbell, Gibson and Grimes said they never took painkillers in college, or at any time before they entered the league. Yet as professionals, they regularly used the pills to continue playing, and even in retirement, their pill-popping habits persisted, sending them on haunting, shattering journeys into opioid addiction. It has taken years of struggle, money and anguish in order to heal.




I don't want to blow up the NFL. But I damned well do want the NFL Oligarchs to take fixing it more seriously. It seemed inevitable to me that over-prescribing, CTE and opioid addiction would be found to be inexorably connected.


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Itís a brutal sport  
Les in TO : 2/2/2019 6:06 pm : link
And I canít imagine how painful it is for these guys who put themselves through car accident like collisions in practice and games. Can see why addiction becomes an issue with oxy
yet they can't smoke pot as an alternative  
gtt350 : 2/2/2019 10:57 pm : link
how ridiculous
mary jane  
Hilary : 2/3/2019 10:35 am : link
There is little evidence that marijuana is helpful for chronic pain.

I spent the last two days at the annual meeting of the New York Society of Addiction Medicine.Speakers included representatives of the governor's office and some of the most accomplished doctors in research and treatment of substance abuse.

Take aways from the meeting include

with the democrats in control of the state the train has left the station for legalization of marijuana

anyone who wants marijuana can get it now

arresting people for doing nothing other than smoking pot accomplishes little

the state will have billions more (to waste)

although many states allow " medical marijuana" it has not been shown to be a good treatment for pain. It's proven effectiveness is limited to a small percentage of people with epilepsy, intractable nausea, and treatment of spasticity caused by multiple sclerosis.

Concerns include
In Colorado marketing was clearly geared to children and adolescents ( like camel cigarettes)

When taken by people less that twenty five (and certainly by teenagers and children) it impairs development of the brain and leads to mental illness.

The legal sale and marketing has been dominated by people from the tobacco companies and people involved with development and sale of oxycontin

auto accidents have increased

Just like alcohol many people use it responsibly. We can expect that 10-15% of users will be problem users in terms of its affect on family, finance, work and use of other substances.
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