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Rick Stroud, Joe Smith and Greg Auman

Substance-abuse crash course

A reader named Russell commented in the Torrie Cox entry below about the NFL's decision to not make the details of the substance-abuse policy guidelines available to the public. I've seen it and I'm not sure anyone out there really wants to read the 20-something pages of the thing (and you need a law degree to decipher it), but for what it's worth, here's a capsulized version provided on the league's media-only, password-protected site. For anyone out there who is still curious about reading the whole document, drop me a line at sholder@sptimes.com and I'll see if I can figure out how to get it to you a PDF file of it via email.

OVERVIEW OF NFL POLICY AND PROGRAM
FOR SUBSTANCES OF ABUSE
Overview of NFL Policy and Program
for Drugs of Abuse and Alcohol

Players enter program due to:

      •     Positive urinalysis for drugs of abuse

      •     Medical Director determination based on behavioral assessment

      •     Self-referral

Program Phases:

        •      Stage 1: Evaluation and Treatment

             1.    Evaulation by psychiatrist and mandatory treatment contract

             2.    Failure to cooperate or failure to comply with treatment contract results in three-game check fine

             3.    All players advance to Stage 2

      •     Stage 2: Drug Testing/Discipline

             1.    Urine tests—up to 10 per month for two years at direction of NFL Medical Advisor

             2.    First positive test=four game check fine (four week suspension if fined in Stage 1)

             3.    Second positive test=four game suspension (six week suspension if fined in Stage 1) and advancement to Stage 3

             4.    Failure to provide urine sample considered positive test

      •     Stage 3: Drug Testing/Banishment

             1.    Urine tests—up to 10 per month for three years at direction of NFL Medical Advisor

             2.    Any positive test results in banishment for minimum of one year

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:46pm]

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