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The Red Sox are reviewing their use of Toradol

Feb 12, 2013, 2:02 PM EDT


After yesterday’s story at ESPN Boston regarding the Red Sox’ use of the controversial drug Toradol, the New York Post reports that the Red Sox are going to examine their use of the drugs. But they’re not going to stop using it:

“We are reviewing our policy in terms of its use — how we use it, not whether we use it. It’s a legal drug. A doctor, a licensed physician, has the right to prescribe it. We’re looking at it to make sure we’re putting our players’ health first. It’s an issue where there’s increased awareness.’’

That seems sensible. While the drug could be dangerous — and while there is an argument that it does a lot of the same things some performance enhancers do in terms of enabling players to play who otherwise might not be able to — the arbiter of its use should be whether it’s medically indicated and its costs sufficiently outweigh its benefits.  Which is how all drugs should be judged.

Pity we don’t examine other controversial drugs in such a manner. Instead we allow fear and hysteria dictate everything.

  1. coloradostupid - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    And the Phillies have determined it’s dangerous for their players, and they don’t use it. Correct?

    • ctony1216 - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      If I played for the Red Sox, I’d call the Phillies’ doctor and ask him why they don’t use it.

  2. dacty4491 - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Routine use of Toradol by athletes seems crazy. Go check out the Wikipedia entry on it. It is used for moderate to moderately severe pain at the opioid level. If a player is having pain at that level, should he even be playing? If it just makes you feel good as Papelbon claimed, then is that anything more than an opioid high? That wouldn’t be appropriate use. What’s more it seems to be a dangerous drug, so dangerous that in Great Britain treatment with it can only be initiated in the hospital.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 12, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      As bad as the movie was, it reminds me of the psychiatric evaluation scene in Armageddon:

      Dr. Banks: [going through the roughnecks’ medical reports] Fail. Fail. Depressively fail! One toxicology analysis revealed ketamin, that is a very powerful sedative!
      Harry: Sedatives are used all the time, doctor.
      Dr. Banks: Well this one’s used on horses.
      Harry: Some of these guys are pretty big.

  3. hitdog042 - Feb 12, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Someone just referenced Wikipedia. Awesome. Same site that said ace frehley was dead.

    • protius - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:04 AM

      Dude, it was a metaphor.

  4. byjiminy - Feb 12, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    “Pity we don’t examine other controversial drugs in such a manner. Instead we allow fear and hysteria dictate everything.”

    I’m confused — is this a reference to something? Has there been some whole other discussion of drugs here that I somehow just missed? It seems like if there were an issue with drugs in baseball I would have heard something about it. Huh.

  5. offseasonblues - Feb 12, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    “…we allow fear and hysteria dictate everything.”
    What mean “we”, blogger man?

    Seriously, who is we? MLB? Media? Because it certainly isn’t the fans who comment here and it isn’t any fans that I know to be real, living, breathing people. Name names, Craig, or follow your own advice about baseball and drama creation. Please. You can be better than this.

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