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DEA agents raided NFL teams to investigate pain pill distribution

Federal agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration made unannounced visits to several football teams on Sunday to monitor the handling and distribution of painkillers in the NFL.

DEA agents met with the medical staffs for several teams, including the 49ers and Seahawks, to ensure that only licensed personnel were handling and doling out pain pills to players. The investigation arose in part from a lawsuit brought over the summer by former players who alleged NFL teams dangerously and illegally pumped players full of painkillers to keep them on the field.

A DEA spokesperson said the agency was merely exercising its "regulatory authority to make sure anyone who has a license operates within the law," adding that, "No one's going away in handcuffs."