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Friday, September 19, 2014

NFL: New Pot Testing Cutoffs Higher

Rolling Stone Magazine. By James Montgomery | September 18, 2014

Earlier this week, the NFL and its Players Association who, as you are probably aware, have been at odds over a few things recently  were somehow able to hammer out a new drug policy, that includes a liberalized marijuana policy.

The new plan raises the acceptable level of THC found in a player's urine from 15 nanograms per milliliter to 35, a change that reflects the recent trend towards marijuana legalization.

(Federal DOT testing standards for reported positives are 50 ng/ml on the initial screen, and 15 ng/ml for the confirmation test.)

 Men's Journal has a by-the-numbers breakdown of the NFL's relationship with drug use, and its new pot policy. Here are some of the statistics.

3,000: The estimated number of NFL retirees who take narcotics, based on a study from Washington University School of Medicine, commissioned by ESPN.  1,500: The estimated number of those retirees dependent on pain pills, based on the same study.

104: Number of players who have been suspended for drug-related offenses since 2011 according to commissioner Roger Goodell at a news conference.

20: Number of suspensions in 2014 for other substances including performance enhancing drugs, alcohol, and cocaine.

Read the complete article at 

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