MLB Players Association seeks treatment rather than discipline for opioid abuse

by Bryan Brammer · Dec 5th, 2019 10:49 am

Major League Baseball and the Players Association are currently negotiating the league's drug policy regarding players' use of opioids, and it seems likely that players who test positive for the drugs will enter treatment instead of being suspended, according to the Associated Press.

Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association Tony Clark is confident that the new drug agreement would provide the best solution for handling recreational drug use.

"We believe wholeheartedly, as we always have, that the treatment option and not discipline is the best route to go," Clark mentioned during the association's yearly board meeting. "I'm pretty confident that's where we're going."

Earlier this year on July 1, while the Los Angeles Angels were in Dallas for a three-game series against the Texas Rangers, Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs, 27, was found dead in his hotel room. The autopsy revealed that Scaggs had high levels of fentanyl, oxycodone, and oxymorphone in his system.

Although the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the Players Association doesn't expire until December 2021, a decision on a new drug policy is expected much earlier.


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