Sovereign health group blog

Reach out to us today! Most Private Insurance Accepted
NFLPA looking at changes to marijuana policy
Posted in Addiction - 0 Comments

Given the rising popularity of medical marijuana across the United States, the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) wants a “less punitive” approach from the league while handling cases of recreational marijuana use among players. Notably, NFL still prohibits the use of cannabis by its players.

In its annual meeting that was held in Scottsdale, Arizona, from March 15-17, 2017, the players’ association was to discuss a proposal seeking amendment to NFL’s substance abuse policy. As per George Atallah, NFLPA’s assistant executive director of external affairs, instead of focusing on penalizing the players for smoking weed, the association wants to approach this in a comprehensive way for pain management.

Atallah said he did not expect a ready proposal to present to the league very soon. But the association is hopeful that a proposal can be voted on by the players and presented to the NFL for collective bargaining.

NFL’s substance abuse policy

While three years ago, the association and the NFL tweaked the drug policy by raising the threshold for what qualified as a positive test for marijuana, throughout the NFL, cannabis remains a banned substance that can incur fines and suspensions.

NFL’s substance abuse policy includes incorrect usage of over-the-counter drugs, prescription drugs, illegal drugs and alcohol. The substance abuse agreement prohibits the use, custody and distribution of drugs, including marijuana and cocaine. The policy also covers alcohol-related violations. In 2014, the NFL and NFLPA agreed on the usage of performance-enhancing drugs such as stimulants and steroids. If found under influence of any substance other than alcohol, the first violation results in a four-game suspension and subsequent violations result in suspension for up to 10 games.

Athletes more vulnerable to addiction

According to a study, conducted in coordination with the University of Alberta, the prevalence of substance abuse in some sports communities created greater addiction risk among people already vulnerable to them. The study included 21 participants who were grouped as per their sports background.

According to researchers, the most common risk factor for addiction among athletes was a family history of addiction. They also concluded that athletes might also be vulnerable due to certain psychological characteristics and a history of abuse or trauma.

Effects of marijuana abuse

Irrespective of the decriminalization of medical and recreational marijuana in certain states, people at large should be made aware of the fact that it is a highly-addictive and mind-altering substance, which adversely affect one’s health.

Being a long-acting drug, cannabis is known to stay in the system for a longer period of time exposing the individual to several health hazards. Research shows that use of marijuana over a period of time can cause short-term memory loss and chronic smoking can damage the respiratory tract.

Recovery roadmap

Professional sports are known to foster substance abuse. According to various researches, as compared to men, women athletes experience more performance enhancement that not only resulted in significant and delayed side effects, but also claimed the lives of numerous athletes.

At the Sovereign Health, we understand the plight of women who fall into the addiction trap due to different circumstances. Our Chandler facility is a female-only residential rehab that offers highest quality care for drug and alcohol addiction, mental health disorders and co-occurring conditions. Treatment at the Sovereign Health consists of a combination of medication, detoxification and counseling. For more information on our addiction treatment programs, call us at our 24/7 helpline number 866-598-5661. Chat online with our representatives to know about our finest addiction treatment facilities near you.

Subscribe to the Sovereign Health Group Newsletter

Get the latest news on program developments, behavioral health news and company announcements

Call Now Button