There is no denying that the NFL is currently gripped by a drug problem. But there is two distinct parts to the problem, on one hand you have recreational street drugs like marijuana and on the other side is drugs that are dished out by team physicians, painkillers.
Recently, a few NFL players, including Emmanuel Sanders Tank Johnson, carried out an interview with Fusion TV to discuss the wide ranging drug use and abuse throughout the league.
It was the testimony of former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson that gave us the most frightening insight into what players are put through by team physicians to get back on the field.
Johnson recalls in that video how he’s seen teammates receive an epidural - the same procedure used on mothers during childbirth - in order to play in a game.
That is literally insanity. Players taking painkillers is acceptable, the game is a contact sport after all, but when things are going to the level of needing an epidural just to play then it is too much. We need change before this goes even further.