Archive: Substance Abuse Policy
Purple drank abuse has run rampant through hip-hop and athlete culture for years, and despite the fact that it's only now garnering mainstream media attention, the NFL needs to act now to curb prescription drug addiction and abuse.
By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | July 22, 2010; 03:33 PM ET | Comments (1)
Prescription drug abuse and addiction is on the rise across the United States and codeine -- the key ingredient in "purple drank" -- is one of a number of recreational prescription drugs that needs to be more closely controlled.
By Dr. Matthew Prowler | July 20, 2010; 01:32 PM ET | Comments (2)
Purple drank is more prevalent in hip-hop culture than athlete culture, and while it's use is something sports leagues should be aware of, at this point it's not nearly as big of a concern as performance enhancing drugs.
By Robert Littal | July 20, 2010; 12:23 PM ET | Comments (0)
The year-long suspension levied against Packers' lineman Johnny Jolly should serve as a deterrent for NFL athletes looking to get a quick fix with the purple drank.
By Dawn Knight | July 20, 2010; 11:06 AM ET | Comments (2)
Purple drank is simply the latest recreational drug of choice for athletes looking for something to do during down time. Hopefully recent suspensions levied by the league will limit its use going forward.
By Anthony Stalter | July 20, 2010; 10:52 AM ET | Comments (0)
Are the recent arrests of JaMarcus Russell and Johnny Jolly for codeine possession a sign that "purple drank" has become a serious substance abuse problem in the NFL?
By Reader Poll | July 20, 2010; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (0)
The abuse of codeine in the infamous purple drank is becoming a trend in mainstream society and the NFL, where something should be done to curb its use.
By Doug Farrar | July 20, 2010; 02:05 AM ET | Comments (0)
The increasing presence of purple drank in hip-hop culture and rap music coupled with its rapid excretion from the body which masks detection in drug testing has led to a growing problem of codeine abuse in the NFL.
By Dr. Mark Adickes | July 20, 2010; 12:40 AM ET | Comments (3)
Substance abuse is a constant in professional sports and purple drank is just the newest quick fix.
By Dave Goldberg | July 20, 2010; 12:10 AM ET | Comments (0)
At least for now, the purple drank appears to be an isolated problem affecting JaMarcus Russell and Johnny Jolly and not an NFL-wide epidemic.
By Michael Kun | July 20, 2010; 12:05 AM ET | Comments (1)