Navigation Links
Retired NFL Players More Likely to Take Painkillers
Date:1/28/2011

FRIDAY, Jan. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Retired professional football players use opioid painkiller drugs four times more than people in the general U.S. population, a new study shows.

Researchers asked 644 former NFL players who retired between 1979 and 2006 about their overall health, level of pain, history of injuries and concussions, and use of prescription pain drugs.

Seven percent of the retired players said they were currently taking opioid painkillers, which include morphine, Vicodin, codeine and oxycodone, said the researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

"We asked about medications they used during their playing careers and whether they used the drugs as prescribed or whether they had ever taken them in a different way or for different reasons," principal investigator Linda B. Cottler, a professor of epidemiology in psychiatry, said in a university news release. "More than half used opioids during their NFL careers, and 71 percent had misused the drugs. That is, they had used the medication for a different reason or in a different way than it was prescribed, or taken painkillers that were prescribed for someone else."

She and her colleagues found that players who misused the drugs during their careers were more likely to misuse them after they retired. Misuse was reported by 15 percent of retired players who misused the drugs while playing, compared with about 5 percent of retired players who only took the drugs as prescribed during their playing days.

Pain and undiagnosed concussions were major predictors of current opioid painkiller misuse among retired NFL players.

"The rate of current, severe pain is staggering," Cottler said. "Among the men who currently used prescription opioids -- whether misused or not -- 75 percent said they had severe pain, and about 70 percent reported moderate-to-severe physical impairment."

About 49 percent of the players in the study were diagnosed with a concussion at some point in their playing careers, and 81 percent said they believe they suffered undiagnosed concussions. Those with suspected-but-undiagnosed concussions borrowed painkiller pills from teammates, friends or relatives to keep playing, according to the study.

The researchers also found that retired players who misuse opioid drugs are more likely to be heavy drinkers.

"So these men are at elevated risk for potential overdose," Cottler said. "They reported more than 14 drinks a week, and many were consuming at least 20 drinks per week, or the equivalent of about a fifth of liquor."

The study appears online in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

More information

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers a guide to safe use of pain medicines.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, news release, Jan. 28, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Retired NFL players misuse painkillers more than general population
2. Retired Military Brass Support First Ladys Call to Reduce Child Obesity, Improve Nutrition
3. Headgear, mouth guards have little or no impact on reducing concussions in rugby players
4. Concussion Rate in Young Hockey Players Higher Than Thought
5. Artificial Turf Helps Football Players With Agility Drills
6. NFL Players With Concussions Sidelined Longer: Study
7. MP3 Players Might Harm Hearing
8. Getting extra sleep improves the athletic performance of collegiate football players
9. Poker Players May Use Drugs to Stay Sharp at the Table
10. Study finds poker players using drugs to enhance performance
11. Human Touch Brand Ambassador and PGA Pro Tim Clark Wins First PGA TOUR Victory at PLAYERS Championship
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Retired NFL Players More Likely to Take Painkillers
(Date:1/18/2017)... ... January 18, 2017 , ... The VA ... are collaborating on a research project focused on multiple sclerosis (MS). Led by ... use nanotechnology to control the disease without compromising normal immune function that often ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... ... 18, 2017 , ... The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a top-rated cancer ... and fundraising team, to compete in the Boston Marathon on April 17. From ... world’s oldest annual marathon to join Team V and support the Foundation’s mission to ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... ... 2017 , ... The Portee Insurance Agency, a family managed firm that offers ... and the DC region, is inaugurating a charity event aimed at fighting heart disease ... it the #1 killer in America. However, heart disease is largely preventable, and a ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... ... January 18, 2017 , ... Dr. Farhan Qureshi is an ... implants dentistry. His modern dental practice has two convenient office locations in Alexandria and ... Rated Dentist for the Alexandria area. This award confirms the fact that ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... ... January 18, 2017 , ... The Hear ... aid project with the donation of cochlear implants. In February 2017, the first ... thus a fair chance of leading an independent life. This engagement builds on ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/17/2017)... 2017 Precision medicine is an emerging ... of disease. The approach allows doctors and physicians ... The approach studies the individual profile at a ... In January 2015, Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) was ... with more than one million volunteers. All of ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of ... to their offering. ... The global artificial pancreas devices system market to grow at ... Artificial Pancreas Devices System Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on ... covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... Jan. 17, 2017 The interventional radiology products ... 2021 from USD 6.35 billion in 2016, at a ... growth of this market are rising incidence of chronic ... invasive surgeries. The global interventional radiology products ... region. On the basis of type, the stents segment ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: