Talib says he took Adderall; Here's why the drug is banned
Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib says in a statement that his four-game suspension, announced earlier today, comes as a result of his use of Adderall without a prescription.
We cannot independently confirm this because the NFL does not comment on the specifics of violations involving performance-enhancing substances.
But let’s assume Adderall is the culprit here.
This got us wondering why, exactly, this drug often used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder, is prohibited by the NFL.
We found some answers in a recent story published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper, which was reporting on Browns cornerback Joe Haden’s suspension, also for reportedly using Adderall.
Consider this take from a physician quoted in the story.
"In a sports setting, it parlays into an increased ability to work out harder; or if they're going through testing to perform testing better; if they're studying a playbook to memorize the playbook," said Rick Figler, a Cleveland Clinic sports medicine physician. "It's absolutely a performance-enhancing agent."
Figler said the drug is addictive because it’s so effective.
"So if an athlete were to use it and said, 'My workout went really, really well,' he'd probably want to use it again," Figler said. "It's similar to if you miss your morning cup of coffee you may not feel on your game."