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Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne
6Magazine co-editors

Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne

Publisher/Co-Editors of 6Magazine - a football and hip-hop culture digital magazine

Codeine concoction a serious issue


Codeine abuse through the use of "Purple drank" is not becoming a serious problem in the NFL. It ALREADY is a serious problem and has been for quite some time, but only now are we in the media giving it attention.

I consider myself a part of hip-hop culture and I was an athlete at a big-time FBS college in the South. I've seen "purple drank" used by athletes since 2002.

Adding codeine to the banned substance list would be a possible solution to stopping the problem. If a player tests positive, he must be able to provide a prescription no more than 30 days old at the time of his positive test for the medicine.

It is currently harder to monitor prescription drug use compared illegal drug use. The NFL would be smart to mandate tougher penalties for prescription drugs than illegal drugs to make players aware of the league's stance on this matter. One idea would be for the NFL to administer a mandatory one-year suspension for players who are found in possession of prescription medicines illegally as was the case for Packers' lineman Johnny Jolly.

The last option would be for the NFL to ignore the situation and watch it spread like wildfire. Since this is the NFL and not the Major League Baseball, I suspect that the league will do something to correct the problem even if it differs from suggestions mentioned above.

The main concern is the players' health. The drug is illegal to have without a prescription for a reason. If players are mixing codeine, 7Up, and Jolly Rancher candy then I'm quite sure alcohol is being involved as well. Several people have died from an overdose of codeine, promethazine, and alcohol and it would be tragic for it to happen to an NFL player. "Purple drank" can be addictive and any player who is caught using it should not only be punished, but helped to make sure he's not addicted to the medicine and that he never abuses the drug again.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne  |  July 22, 2010; 3:33 PM ET  | Category:  NFL , NFL Rules , Substance Abuse Policy Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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A prescription! Pff! Like those are so hard to get a hold of, LOLOLOLOLOL!!! I was given Tylenol 3 for strep throat... that stuff is candy. I would have gotten better pain relief from a glass of wine.

Posted by: forgetthis | July 23, 2010 2:17 PM

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