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Increasing Painkiller Use in the NFL Leads to a Culture of Prescription Drug Acceptance and Abuse, Passages Malibu Warns
Date:4/29/2013

Malibu, CA (PRWEB) April 29, 2013

The prescription drug epidemic has been making headlines recently as the statistics regarding abuse rates continue to increase, and now the latest group being highlighted is the professional football community.

In a recent article by The Washington Post, the NFL’s trend of painkiller use and abuse has led many NFL insiders to speak out regarding the issue. According to several current and former players, the availability and acceptance of prescription medication is comparable to popping aspirin; the act is frequent, common, and goes without question.

Recently, the FDA has attempted to tighten restrictions on prescription pain medications and limit the frequency at which doctors can prescribe them in order to combat abuse overall. “It’s great that the FDA is trying to tighten restrictions so that hopefully, one aspect of this problem can be alleviated,” said Pax Prentiss, CEO and co-founder of the Passages Addiction Treatment Centers in Malibu and Ventura, California.

Showing the harmful effects of prescription opiods through a very public and very popular lens like the NFL makes the reality of painkiller abuse extremely palpable and relatable. “NFL players are a unique group. They put themselves under so much physical duress, and sometimes they want a quick fix to keep playing even if their body is telling them no,” added Prentiss. “It’s very dangerous to use prescriptio
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