The theory that painkillers were pushed to NFL players to keep them on the field has has circulated for years.
Now hundreds of former players are bringing the issue to court after they filed a lawsuit claiming all 32 NFL teams, their doctors, trainers and medical staffs often illegally obtained and provided painkillers to players.
A group of retired NFL players filed a lawsuit Tuesday that claims the league, thirsty for profits, illegally supplied them with risky narcotics and other painkillers that numbed their injuries for games and led to medical complications down the road.
The Drug Enforcement Administration reached a financial settlement with pharmacy giant Walgreens for the company violating rules dealing with the distribution of powerful prescription painkillers.
The state’s crackdown on pill mill operations has led to the same types of clinics popping up in Georgia. The presence of painkillers and prescription drugs in the deceased declined in Florida last year, prompting state officials to declare victory.
Six Walgreens stores and a distribution center in Central and South Florida have come under Drug Enforcement Administration scrutiny over their sales of prescription pain killers.
It took a decade and thousands of lives were lost; but Monday, Florida finally launched the state’s pain pill database.
Florida’s surgeon general has temporarily suspended part of the state’s new “pill mill” legislation.
Sunrise city leaders are considering several measures to crack down on so-called ‘pill mills’ which they claim allow abusers easy access to powerful painkillers.
Florida Governor Rick Scott is developing a reputation of turning down money from outside sources. The latest comes after the maker of OxyContin offered up $1 million to help pay for a prescription drug database.
A legislative fight is brewing over how to handle pain pill abuse in Florida. House speaker Dean Cannon said he won’t call for a database to track prescription drugs, which sets up a showdown with the Senate.