12/05/2014 11:36 am ET Updated Dec 05, 2014

The Suppliers Of The NFL's Painkiller Addiction

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I was on the phone with a man several people told me I wouldn't be able to find. While investigating the supply side of the NFL's painkiller problem—the league has been accused in a lawsuit by former players of irresponsibly distributing fistfulls of prescription painkillers to players for decades, causing long-term harm and prompting an ongoing DEA investigation—I wanted to find out how team physicians were able to procure seemingly vast quantities of controlled substances. How did—how do—they get all these pills, which are, by federal law, supposed to be meticulously tracked and prescribed?

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