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The executive director of the NHL Alumni associations say he’s “all in” when it comes to finding
out if cannabis will be able to one day replace opioid – based painkillers.
Speaking at an even earlier this week, Glenn Healy said he’s spent the last 10 months
investigating whether or not cannabis, which became legal in Canada on Oct 17 th can help
former players.
But Healy cautioned the alumni association isn’t there yet.
“Science has to prove it first said the former goalie.” If science proves it, then I’ll endorse it, but
its can’t be me first.”
“We need science first, and if we get that first and it helps our players then we move on”
Painkillers, which can be highly addictive, are often prescribed for nagging injuries that might
stretch into retirement, while its no secret that some former players have suffered from
neurological problems or mental health issues after their careers.
Finding a natural alternative to opioids would be a major strip not jus in hockey but across all
sports.
“We’re all in . . . In lots of different ways” said Healy, who played in the NHL for 15 seasons.
The former broadcaster declined to say what exactly “all-in” means but added: “we are diving
into this in a huge way.”
“We’ve go a couple of neurologists that are working with us”, Healy continued. It’s not something
I’m turning a blind eye too. It’s our players, it’s our life, it’s our families, it’s kids, it’s wives.”
I don’t get the calls from the players. I get the call from the wives and kids.” Despite cannabis
becoming legal in Canada last week, the NHL will continue testing current player for pot.
A positive result doesn’t lead to a suspension on its own, but a high amount of the drug found in
a players system triggers a referral to behavioural health program doctors.

Last modified: June 13, 2019

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