Stiff Fines Expected as Feds Investigate Saints for Missing Vicodin

It’s no secret that many NFL players rely on prescription painkillers to make it through the high contact sport that has left numerous players fighting lasting injuries. Former players whose injuries have knocked them out of the game are coming out of the woodwork admitting that pain pills are doled out like candy, even sometimes as a preventative measure for pain instead of treatment.

Not surprisingly, the New Orleans Saints found themselves the subject of a lawsuit after federal investigators put them under the microscope for misappropriation of supplied prescription painkillers. The lawsuit was filed in 2010, and according to inside sources, is still pending. Indeed, when representatives for the team were asked for their side of the story, spokespeople didn’t elaborate, only replying that the case was private, ongoing, and that there would be no further comment.

The Saints came under fire by the Drug Enforcement Agency for missing stores of Vicodin, which prompted a full investigation into the matter. The Saints previous director of security and former FBI agent Geoffry Santini accused the team of hiding the fact that prescription Vicodin went missing from the club’s drug chest. The charges will likely result in the Saints being slapped with stiff civil fees. These penalties can reach upwards of six-figures, and insiders are expecting stiff fines in light of the amount of damning evidence compiled by the DEA.

The DEA has not made individuals the subject of its investigation, but rather has focused on the team’s poor handling of the matter, characterized by the lack of accountability and concealing of evidence. Such actions are not taken lightly by legal officials and are considered a serious criminal offense.

Sources say that the Saints have been cooperating with the DEA to come to an agreement on civil penalties amassed. Currently the NFL has been silent on the matter.

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The Pain of Addiction

Vicodin addiction often starts innocently enough. Most people start taking Vicodin or other pain medications after surgery or an injury. But then they can’t stop. They need more to get the same pain relief. They start doctor shopping to get more pills. And the cycle continues until it takes over their lives.