The NFL is taking action against its players after more than a year of growing evidence of the opioid and other dangerous drugs found in some of its players’ blood and urine.
The league released a report Wednesday showing that more than 70 percent of the players tested had a drug level of more than 300 nanograms per milliliter, which is considered above the “set” of the Drug Abuse Warning System (DAWS).
Players with a level of 400 nanograms or more had been identified as likely to be high on drugs and were required to take additional tests.
The findings could mean that the league could suspend the players for up to a year or ban them from participating in the league.NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league had not yet decided whether it would take action against players or take additional steps to address the issue.
He said it had already conducted two independent drug testing campaigns, one for the players and another for employees of the league, which employs more than 1,400 people.
“Players are required to test for substances such as marijuana, opioids, methamphetamine, cocaine, methamphetamine and opiates,” McCarthy said.
“The substance testing programs that have been undertaken for the teams have been positive in the vast majority of cases.
We take this very seriously and are taking the necessary steps to ensure that we are addressing the issues in a way that is appropriate and does not lead to unnecessary disruption of the NFL.
Players are encouraged to contact their team or the league if they experience any issues.”
In light of these findings, the NFL has taken appropriate steps to enhance the process for conducting drug testing for all players.
“The NFL has not revealed the number of players affected by the results of the drug tests or what the suspensions would be for, although McCarthy said it was “likely” the number was more than 100.
The NFLPA issued a statement calling the results “a wake-up call for our players and our nation.””
These findings highlight the urgent need for immediate action to curb the rising number of opioid and illicit drug-related deaths in our communities,” the statement said.
The DAWS sets the threshold for how many drugs and other substances can be tested for, and it also sets a cutoff level for how long a drug can remain detectable in urine for a player to be charged with a crime.”
Smith also called for Congress to pass legislation to ban drug testing in the military.”
Drug use, particularly opioid and stimulant use, can be a dangerous and costly addiction.”
Smith also called for Congress to pass legislation to ban drug testing in the military.
The players’ union, the Players Association, is working with the NFL to get the measure passed.