NFLPA issues warning to players on Adderall and Ritalin

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With a recent rash of players testing positive for stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin, the NFLPA has issued a warning to all players regarding the use of these medications to treat Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

The players union has urged all agents to reminder their clients that they need both a prescription and an approved therapeutic use exemption in order to take these medications with risk of suspension.

The alert points out that some players are taking it in social settings, or that they are using Ritalin/Adderall that has been prescribed for a friend or a relative in order to stay awake, boost energy, or increase attentiveness.

The most important point for players to remember is that prescription isn’t enough¬† The player also must have a therapeutic use exemption before taking the medication.

The alert comes in the wake of Browns cornerback Joe Haden’s four-game suspension for Adderall.

11 responses to “NFLPA issues warning to players on Adderall and Ritalin

  1. Adderall is legalized speed, amphetamine salt.

    The NFL should also post the facts about what could happen to a players heart when playing football while taking these two prescriptions.

  2. voiceofreasonsays:
    “Players who need this junk to play football are scumbags. Thank god my team does things the right way and are naturally unstoppable.”

    LOL, You must be either gullible or simply NFL-blinded.

    NFL has for decades been known for drug and steroid use. Whoever tries to say otherwise or embellish the thruth about the NFL is simply (FILL IN THE BLANK).
    The NCAA and NFL has big bu$ine$$ to take care of and the last thing the NCAA , NFL,or NFLPA will do is to completely clean up the game. They will go the length to cover it up or act as if they are doing something about it for PR snapshot in order not to hurt the “integrity” of the NFL and all of it$ player$, if you catch my drift.

    It’s ironic and mafia-like to me that baseball was used and pounded as the sacrificial lamb to sports steroid use while NFL, the main US junkie, stood in the sideline dressed in a “pristine white bride dress” , but under that dress lies an ongoing hemorrhage drug enhancement history usage which many people choose not to even ackowledge, admit or simply don’t care for the “love of the sport”.

    Mostly to America’s economy, the NFL finds itself as the biggest league, not sport, in the country with huge profits in tv revenues. Nevertheless, like the Romans, it’s only a matter of time which will make this money making machine to decline at one point or another.

    Baseball was once the main sport like the NFL is nowadays, but at some point the NFL will be faced with the reality of its own fame and all the skeletons hidden in their closet will come out to discredit and doom the league and sport. An example of that is the ongoing concussion lawsuits from previous ex players and whatever else that will come after that.

    In the meantime, to the many fans of the National Fake League, enjoy a “sport” that is more glitz and hype than pure sport substance.

  3. NASCAR just dealt with AJ Allmendinger for Adderall..indefinite suspension; and he has to go through their substance abuse program and process..and that’s before they decide if he’s gonna come back. NFL might wanna take some notes..

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