Baltimore Ravens tackle Eugene Monroe has donated $80,000 for marijuana research at the University of Pennsylvania.
He and many others believe cannabinoids could be a much safer route than pain killers for football players. This is what he said:
“As a player I’m not allowed to use cannabis, but I’ve been prescribed opioids for various injuries,” Monroe said in an interview with Philly.com Thursday evening. “The opioids work, but they’re very dangerous and highly addictive.”
“Opioids are ruining lives across the country, and as athletes we’re not immune to those perils,” said Monroe, who has been prescribed prescription painkillers as he recovers from shoulder surgery. “This is an issue that goes beyond any personal career implications. I understand why other players may be adverse to speaking out, but our health is worth it.”