The sudden death of the Los Angeles Angels pitcher, Tyler Skaggs, completely made the Major Leagues, and when the autopsy revealed that his death was caused by the combination and abuse of substances such as opioids and alcohol, the question arises about whether In MLB there is a crisis or addiction to these types of drugs.
The Wall Street Journal journalist, Jared Diamond, mentions that it is possible that the Skaggs case is just a sample button of what could be a more serious problem than one thinks, since according to him, although Opioids such as those found in Skaggs' body are banned by major leagues, however, MLB does not do tests to detect its use:
It's the big question that everyone is asking in baseball. How are the teams doing to mitigate the pain of their injured players? These types of drugs are banned by Major League Baseball. You do not have permission to use them, but nobody knows if you do it because there are no tests for those types of drugs, such as marijuana or cocaine.
Normally, Major League teams prescribe powerful pain relievers to their players who suffer from pain during their injuries, however, Diamond doubts that the Angels have prescribed Skaggs fentanyl and oxicodone, which are potentially addictive and their sale is highly restricted.
On the other hand, he mentions that players may be obtaining these narcotics from the black market and illegally. Diamond says that MLB is likely to include in its anti-doping tests methods to detect these types of drugs.