OTL: About the painkillers study

Originally Published: January 28, 2011
By John Barr

In August 2009, ESPN's "Outside the Lines" conducted an interview with former Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Sam Rayburn in which Rayburn discussed his addiction to the prescription painkiller Percocet. To determine whether Rayburn's case served as a unique example, OTL conducted a review of scientific literature but found no mention of the level of prescription painkiller use by former NFL players as a whole.


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