A recent ESPN survey has revealed a startling fact about NFL players thoughts about the usage of marijuana as a form of painkiller.
Over the past couple of years, more and more players have been caught and suspended for using marijuana as it is against the league's rules. They're not allowed to use it even if it is legal in the state which their team plays in.
According to ESPN: "Marijuana is legal in 25 states and Washington, D.C., for medicinal purposes but remains one of eight drugs banned under the NFL's policy and program on substances of abuse." The survey which they conducted, however, shows that some players believe this shouldn't be the case.
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Their report says they surveyed 226 players in total and: "61 percent of players said they believed fewer players would take pain-killing shots such as Toradol (the most used anti-inflammatory by NFL players) if marijuana were a legal option."
The survey also discovered: "41 percent of players surveyed thought it would control pain more effectively," and that also: "Nearly 60 percent are worried about the long-term effects of chemical painkillers, and 42 percent believe they have had a teammate become addicted to chemical painkillers." Overall, 71 percent of the players surveyed believed marijuana should be legal.
Former Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars player Eugene Monroe who had to retire at the age of 29 due to concerns over head trauma sustained during his career is a supporter of legalizing marijuana as it helped him after he decided to retire. He believes it is a safer drug than the painkillers provided by the league.
With more states across America expected to make the drug legal over the next coming months, it could put more pressure on the NFL to allow players to take the drug as a form of painkiller, as it could provide fewer health risks than the current painkillers being taken.