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OTL: Painkiller misuse numbs NFL pain

Originally Published: January 28, 2011
By John Barr

Retired NFL players misuse opioid pain medications at a rate more than four times that of the general population, and new evidence suggests that is occurring because players misused the painkillers during their NFL careers, according to a study published online today in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, a peer-reviewed, scientific journal.

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