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The NFL is about to face a whirlwind of backlash thanks to a lawsuit filed Tuesday on behalf of more than 600 former players. The suit alleges that team physicians and trainers across the league routinely handed out powerful drugs and other controlled substances on game days to help players mask their pain. Though it’s not shocking that the use of painkillers is rampant across the league, the plaintiffs in the suit give details about the drugs they claim teams persuaded them to use and how severe injuries were covered up. Painkillers like Percodan, Percocet and Vicodin, anti-inflammatories such as Toradol, and sleep aids like Ambien were “handed out like candy at Halloween,” according to lead attorney Steven Silverman. Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Jeremy Newberry is one of the plaintiffs and has been vocal about the fact that the drugs worked, but caused long-term problems. The 38-year-old Newberry now suffers from kidney failure, high blood pressure and violent hea...
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