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Former NFL Player Discusses the League’s Rampant Opioid Abuse

"Popping them just like on the plane ride afterward, just calling them Skittles almost at one point," Pat McAfee said about the drugs.

By NTK Staff | 02.28.2018 @11:19am

Former NFL player Pat McAfee discussed the NFL’s rampant opioid epidemic, saying players would pop pills like they were “Skittles” on plane rides after games during an interview on “Pardon My Take,” which aired on Wednesday.

McAfee, who played for the Indianapolis Colts for eight seasons, was discussing his belief that the NFL will soon allow players to use marijuana because of the pain relief benefits it provides.

“It’s one of those things where a large majority of players are smoking anyways because of the legitimate benefits,” McAfee explained.

Barstool Sports’ Big Cat pointed to the opioid epidemic in America as a reason why the NFL players should be able to use marijuana.

“Popping them just like on the plane ride afterward, just calling them Skittles almost at one point,” McAfee said about how common prescription painkillers were in NFL culture.

Barstool Sports’ PFT Commenter asked McAfee if he was able just to walk up and down the aisle of the team plane and grab a hand full of Percocet.

Percocet is a combination medication used “to help relieve moderate to severe pain. It contains a opioid (narcotic) pain reliever (oxycodone) and a non-opioid pain reliever (acetaminophen),” according to WebMD. It is considered to be highly addictive.

“The trainers would always have them, and you would have to have some sort of injury,” McAfee explained. “Buy guys have a bunch, like, on them. There’s a lot of people who have surgeries that have pills, so I think there was some sharing that would happen.”

McAfee then said that he “would watch, like, pills just get handed out afterwards, ‘Oh, you’re injured. Here, bang, you get the pill.”

“I would get a Toradol shot before every single game,” McAfee said.

Toradol “is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug,’ which McAfee described as ‘incredible,’ and said some NFL coaches would even try to get their hands on a Toradol shot.

McAfee explained the NFL had attempted to ban Toradol, but the NFL’s Players Association prevented them from doing so.

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