I was watching Sunday Night Football with my neighbor Igor Cornelsen when we heard about a development that’s sure to continue to be in the news.
In a shocking and bizarre turn of event, federal law enforcement agencies are targeting the National Football League (NFL) due to the illegal use of drugs. It has been reported that professional football players have been illegally prescribed drugs to enhance performance.
To the mainstream public, this really is a shock. Fans who follow sports closely have heard of rumors of drug use dating back to the 1960’s.
DEA agents raided the offices of the medical staffs that treat NFL teams. Two teams were raided at first after their games. Up to six teams are being targeted. At the core of the investigation is the mishandling or prescription drugs.
Football is a contact sport and practice, pre-season play, and official season and post-season play can be very hard on the body. Years of playing football can wear down the joints and muscles leading to extreme pain. The use of painkillers or other prescription drugs should not be surprising.
That said, there are legal requirements and rules when it comes to doctors providing patients with prescription medication. No doctor may prescribe those who are professional athletes in a manner that is outside the parameters of the law.
No one has been charged yet and, honestly, no one may have done anything wrong. All that is occurring right now is an investigation. In the court of public opinion, however, convictions have probably been made.