A former Boston Red Sox athletic trainer regularly injected players with the powerful and controversial painkiller Toradol for six seasons, former Sox pitcher Curt Schilling and two other sources who independently witnessed the injections told Yahoo! Sports, possibly flouting state laws intended to prohibit trainers from administering such treatments.
Mike Reinold, an athletic trainer and physical therapist for the Red Sox who was fired after last season, used Toradol to treat players, mostly Boston's pitchers, Schilling and three other sources said. Toradol is a legal substance and isn't banned by Major League Baseball. The Massachusetts board of Allied Health Professionals, which regulates trainers in the state, has disciplined multiple trainers in recent years for injecting patients, regardless of the drug administered.
Red Sox's use of Toradol could put ex-trainer at odds with state law, industry guidelines
It's not an opiate or a steroid. It's a strong NSAID a few steps above Motrin or Aleve. And taking it orally gives you a higher risk of gastric upset including bleeding. I know because I've taken it, both in pill form - which made me vomit blood - and thereafter by injection, for migraines and for my back injury. This entire story is ridiculous, for Yahoo and other outlets blowing it up for ~scandal~ and for these state and industry regulations even existing in the first place regarding injection of this specific drug. What the actual fuck, Massachusetts. Incredible mismanagement from all sides.
...[also, did Schill just throw us under the bus there?]