DEA Blitzes NFL Teams With Surprise Drug Inspections
Sunday, federal agents swooped in to investigate several NFL teams to see if their medical staffs broke any laws when handing out prescription drugs.By Jay Strubberg | November 16, 2014
In an unexpected move Sunday, federal agents swooped in to investigate several visiting NFL teams to see if their training staffs broke any laws when handing out prescription drugs to players.
A Drug Enforcement Administration official told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" the probe stems from a lawsuit filed by NFL players last year which claims, "Team physicians and trainers routinely gave them painkillers in an illegal manner to mask injuries and keep them on the field."
Officials also say the agency has a responsibility under the Controlled Substances Act to make sure teams are prescribing drugs only in legal ways.