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DEA Investigates Illegal Drug Use in NFL

dea(CNN) — Federal Drug Enforcement agents are launching an investigation into claims that trainers and doctors were illegally giving NFL players powerful painkillers to keep them on the field.

According to a source found by CNN, the DEA is examining records of doctor visits and prescriptions given to players.

The investigation is described as being in its “early stages.”

It comes a year after a group of retired NFL players filed a class action lawsuit accusing the league of creating a “culture of drug misuse” by handing out pills without prescriptions.