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Is Pain Pill Addiction Overlooked In The NFL

Is Pain Pill Addiction Overlooked In The NFL
May 5, 2012

According to the NFL Web Site averages of 63% of professional football players are injured during a one year period with 13% being characterized as serious physical injuries. Like when anyone else who  is injured playing a sport, NFL football players are treated by doctors, and end up having to do physical therapy or undergo surgery to heal their bodies. As part of the healing and pain management process players are also given medications; with the most prescribed being painkillers like Oxycodone, hydrocodone and Vicoden.

Over the years, as in any other televised and popular sport, there have been professional athletes who fell victim to addiction problems. Some, with an inability to handle fame and money turned to illicit drugs; others to alcohol. But now there is also a group of athletes with no drug history who are becoming addicted to prescriptions after being treated for a sports injury.

The most recent incident of this is with NFL football star Ray Lucas. The athlete played in the NFL until he retired in 2003 as a quarterback for several different teams including the Dolphins, Jets, Patriots and Ravens. Because of his sports injuries while playing he was prescribed pain pills and ended up getting hooked on them.

At one point Lewis was up to taking averages of 800 pills a month according to a recent article. He enrolled in a drug rehab program and was able to get off the prescriptions. Lewis now speaks publicly about his problem in an effort to help others who are struggling with addiction.

Prescription pain pill addiction has not only hit the professional sports arena but is a growing epidemic across the country with government statistics reporting over 5 million people using pain killers for non-medical reasons in the country. The problem has spiked the rate of deaths directly related to drugs and has caused an increase in crimes all over.

For more information on finding a drug rehab program for someone with a prescription addiction contact Elevate Addiction Service now at 800-556-8885.