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Doug Farrar

Doug Farrar

A staff writer

More needs to be done


I think that codeine is becoming more of a problem in the NFL -- it's not just JaMarcus Russell and Johnny Jolly who have been busted for its use or distribution. Former San Diego Chargers safety Terrence Kiel was arrested for trying to ship codeine from California to Texas in 2007. According to this Associated Press story, the "purple drank" problem that began in the rap world and on the street has made its way to more "mainstream" outlets such as the NFL -- arrests have gone up, and it's highly doubtful that Russell, Jolly and Kiel are the only ones involved.

The regrettable part so far is the NFL's response to codeine -- according to league spokesperson Greg Aiello in that same story, "we do not see evidence of a particular problem among NFL players beyond what we see in normal society." Well, the problem is that the problem is increasing in normal society, thus, it's probably increasing in the NFL. I would like to think that the league will make codeine part of its drug education program. Jolly's indefinite suspension takes care of the punitive side of things, but I would like to see more done in a preventative sense. Codeine may be mainstream, but that doesn't make it any less of a problem than any other substance abuse.

By Doug Farrar  |  July 20, 2010; 2:05 AM ET  | Category:  Doug Farrar , NFL , NFL Rules , Substance Abuse Policy Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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