DEA probe focuses less on abuse, more on technicalities

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So why was the DEA checking the bags of doctors from visiting NFL teams at the airport on their way home?

The feds weren’t looking for evidence of abuse; they were searching for proof that the doctors were dispensing prescription medication in a state other than the state in which they are licensed to practice medicine.

For players with chronic conditions, the prescription is written and the medication is issued in the state where the team and its physician are located.  For players who need prescription medication once the team has temporarily located to a different state, the team physician can’t dispense the medication without a license to practice medicine in that state.

In those situations, the visiting team should work with the home team to secure the medication.  Some home teams, however, aren’t inclined to help the visiting team get the medication needed by its players.  Which in turn may cause some visiting team physicians to take liberties when it comes to dispensing medication in a state other than the state where the physician is licensed.

According to the source, the DEA has been threatening to crack down on this practice for several years.  It’s unknown whether the physicians targeting in Sunday’s surprise inspections (the teams included the 49ers, Buccaneers, and Seahawks) had prescription medication in their possession, or whether those medications were distributed in a state other than the state where the physician is licensed.

Moving forward, it’s safe to say that won’t be happening.

27 responses to “DEA probe focuses less on abuse, more on technicalities

  1. So the DEA is worried that players with prescriptions for medication are getting those medications from their own team doctor…even if he doesn’t have paperwork to work in some states.

    What a freaking waste of money! Typical government spending. What will cracking down on this really accomplish? Ridiculous.

  2. It is very common for NHL stars to sit out of competition while they get treatment for chronic conditions because of the medication. The league releases a statement, sometimes naming their condition. MS is one that comes to mind.

  3. If you want to know who is on a banned substance just think of what super stars never tried out for their national teams.
    NFL is the only sport that gets a free ride on international competition.

  4. So a doctor licensed to practice in California is somehow not qualified to use his education and experience in New Jersey?

  5. Why? It Federal Law, that’s why. An NFL player being able to go back into a game when he is hurt is not a valid reason to break the law. They should be looking for steroids, too.

  6. They have to justify their agency’s pitiful existence and the “drug war”.

    How effective has that “drug war” been anyway? I’d rather just keep that portion of my tax money.

  7. This is precisely the madness caused by having these things regulated at a state level. Administer it all federally and save yourselves a ton of cash with zero negative consequences

  8. “War on Women” high profile political posturing. My wild ass guess is the source is likely Valerie Jarret, on her own initiative. A question I would like to have answered.
    We will be lucky if any even care to ask.
    A pleasant distraction from things. Build up the hate on men being men, working class culture, while increasing federal involvement in health care processes, etc.
    Big win all around for the ruling SJW class.
    Perhaps there will be some pushback this time?
    I was dismayed to see Florio initially suckered in, cheering it on.

  9. Eight years of college with a degree and you can’t use your education across state lines.get a politician can make a career out of spewing stupid all over the place.

  10. Flo, is this all the information? By what search warrant did they use, or did the Drs consent to this illegal search? Or was the guise to do with air port security,,,searching for terrorists bombs or such?

  11. “For players who need prescription medication once the team has temporarily located to a different state, the team physician can’t dispense the medication without a license to practice medicine in that state.”

    So that’s why the Seadderal Seahawks are so bad on the road.

  12. When I thought they were checking the doctors for prescribing illegal drugs I thought that seems reasonable. If the doctors were doing that they deserve to get caught.

    Now that it comes out that the DEA was looking to catch the doctors in a technicality for legally prescribed drugs, it is obvious this is a witch hunt.

    I think someone was ordered to do this. This isn’t about the doctors prescribing anything dangerous or narcotic. How much money was just spent to verify that the doctors were filling legally prescribed medications in the correct state?

  13. I am shocked, shocked I tell you, that PED Pete and his Seattle Seahawks are on a list involving an investigation of the distribution of presription drugs.

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