Talks Reportedly Underway Between the League and the Players on Opioid Testing

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Talks Reportedly Underway Between the League and the Players on Opioid Testing

Chicago Cubs

In the wake of reporting that Tyler Skaggs had been abusing opioids long before his tragic death this summer, and that he had been receiving drugs from a member of the Angels organization, and that other players may have been involved, too, the impetus was simply too great for Major League Baseball not to act immediately.

Together with the players, they are going to be taking actions as soon as possible:

That’s good news, but the way Drellich describes the focus is even better:

The league and the players both have an incentive to keep the players healthy and safe, though players have historically been resistant to creeping testing protocols. Where the focus is on SAFETY (and not just trying to bust guys for marijuana), I think you can get everyone on board.

The current CBA doesn’t expire until after the 2021 season, but the joint drug program can be modified by agreement before then, and hopefully it will be for next season. In the meantime, the owners and the players will continue to rattle sabers on other CBA issues in the coming months.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.