Beauden Barrett Pill-popping former Blues halfback tackling sport’s opioid issue with natural alternative

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Beauden Barrett Grayson Hart still plays for the Bradford Blues.

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Grayson Hart still plays for the Bradford Blues.

Grayson Hart knows first hand the dangers of opioid addiction, and just how prevalent it is in professional sports. It put him on the road to a dark place.

A degenerative knee injury had, until recently, been something the former Blues halfback had to battle through every week just to stay on the field.

Team doctors gave the nephew of former All Black coach John Hart painkillers to help cope, inadvertently replacing physical pain with mental stresses.

It’s common practice, and things like Tramadol are often handed out to athletes “like lollies”, Hart said.

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Tramadol is an opioid used to treat moderate pain. While less habit-forming than other prescription opioids, users can still develop an addiction.

Beauden Barrett Hart says for the first time in a long time, he doesn't feel as if he needs pain killer anymore.

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Hart says for the first time in a long time, he doesn’t feel as if he needs pain killer anymore.

It wasn’t until recently the one time New Zealand under-20s star, who also played international rugby for Scotland, was able to admit he was so dependant on pain medication it became a daily ritual.

And as his tolerance to the opiods went up, so to did the doses.

Synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers are available legally by prescription. The broader family contains oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine and heroin.

“It got pretty bad, yeah,” Hart toldStuff.

“It even became a bit of a fun thing to do, pop a few and kick back on the couch and get a bit of a buzz.

Beauden Barrett In 2008 Hart played in the same New Zealand 20s side as Aaron Smith - and started ahead of him.

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In 2008 Hart played in the same New Zealand 20s side as Aaron Smith – and started ahead of him.

“Honestly I wasn’t too bad compared to some guys, I was definitely on the road to a dark place though. It’s really somewhat of an epidemic. I knew that, so (I) started looking for an alternative.”

That’s when the 31-year-old launched a new Cannabidiol (CBD) company in the UK called Pure Sport CBD.

It is a natural alternative to opioids derived from cannabis plants, to help athl

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