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Report: DEA investigating prescription drug abuse in the NFL

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"Any Given Sunday" is a fantastic movie. It's one of my personal favorites. Not only does it feature Al Pacino, one of my favorite actors, it also paints a down-and-dirty picture of life in the modern NFL. Sure, some of it is hyperbole, but I'd be willing to bet it's spot on in many respects. Scantily-clad women, poor medical protocols, substance abuse, and performance enhancing drugs. When hundreds of thousands of dollars are in play, anything goes. Anything.

But just as skull-rattling tackles are coming under scrutiny, prescription drug abuse may soon become the issue du jour. The New York Daily News' Michael O'Keeffe has the details.

The DEA’s investigation began shortly after attorneys representing about 1,300 NFL retirees filed a class-action lawsuit in San Francisco federal court on May 20 that accuses the league of illegally providing prescription drugs to keep players on the field without informing them of the long-term risks.

Let's hope this is never a problem for the Falcons. Maybe they've never had a prescription drug issue. Because it's more likely they have, let's hope they're simply lumped in with the rest of league, and that everyone shares some culpability en route to a better way of doing things.

In short, it'd be nice if this doesn't become a distraction. Your thoughts?