New NFL Policy Would End Suspensions For Testing Positive For Any Drug—Not Just Marijuana

New NFL Policy Would End Suspensions For Testing Positive For Any Drug—Not Just Marijuana

NFL players would not face the possibility of being suspended from games over positive tests for any drug—not just marijuana—under a collective bargaining agreement that has been approved by team owners and is now being voted on by members of the players union. It was reported last month that the policy change would apply to cannabis but, according to the newly released full text of the agreement, it would actually cover all illicit substances. The decision reflects significant a shift in the league’s approach to drug use by players, with the agreement emphasizing the need to focus on “ensuring evaluation and treatment” rather than punishment. If a majority of players—who have until 11:59 PM ET on Saturday to vote on the proposal—ultimately approve it, those who test positive for drugs, exhibit behaviors that indicate drug misuse or self-refer themselves will be required to enter an “intervention program” where they would receive an evaluation and treatment plan. Testing positive for prohibited substances after that point would result in a half-week salary loss for first violations, a one-week salary loss for second violations, a two-week salary loss for third violations and a three-week salary loss for fourth and subsequent violations. The threat of suspensions would be removed. That said, refusing to comply with any required testing or clinical care more than three times would result in game suspensions under the agreement. The suspension penalty could also still be used in instances of arrests related to drug offenses. NFL team owners already voted…

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