Former Vancouver Canucks goaltender Tom Sestito said the amount of Toradol and Ambien he received during his NHL career was “insane.”
The now retired player made the comments on Twitter in response to Vegas Golden Knights goalie Robin Lehner tweets that “many other teams” are distributing benzodiazepines and Ambien – drugs commonly used to treat insomnia – to players without a prescription.
“Good for @RobinLehner standing for the greater good I can only speak for myself, the amount of Vitamin T (Toradol) and Ambien that I have been given is insane. As the NHL is getting a lot younger, these kids should know what they’re up to, ”said Sestito.
Toradol is a prescription nonsteroidal pain reliever.
Sestito played 154 games in the NHL, including 103 with Vancouver where he led the league in penalty minutes in his first season with the Canucks in 2013-14.
He also spent time with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins.
Through his agent, Sestito refused an interview request.
Good for @RobinLehner standing up for the greater good, i can only speak for myself, the amount of vitamin T (Toradol) and Ambien I was given is insane. As the NHL is getting younger, these kids should know what they’re getting into.
In a follow-up tweet, he explained how, as bangs An NHL player, he has already received a bottle of Toradol. He did not specify where he was playing at the time.
… “after taking them I felt amazing. Not a pain in my body, you are taught to believe that doctors have your best interests where they don’t always. And no, they don’t. not explain all of the medications they provide. “
The abuse of Toradol has been reported in a number of professional sports.
Former Vancouver Canucks star last year Ryan Kesler told TSN’s Rick Westhead he had been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease which doctors said was caused by abuse of Toradol during his gambling days.
Sestito said it took him almost a year outside of Ambien “to learn to sleep again”.
He paid tribute to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the last NHL team he played with, for helping him quit drugs.
“… there are great organizations in the NHL, @penguins team of doctors was the one that got me out of all this shit, and was stunned as to why I had all of this to begin with, ”he tweeted.