ESPN commissioned the first-of-its-kind study, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse joined as a partner.
First scientific study of prescription painkiller use by retired NFL players shows higher rates of misuse than general population, possibly due to use during playing days
Pain, painkillers commonplace for many NFL players, though league and medical staffs have tightened up access
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