Drugs and Medicines

No Strain, No Gain

Wracked with pain; tormented by homicidal and suicidal thoughts; and suffering from depression, anxiety, acute sensitivity to light and sleep disorder - all exacerbated by the cocktail of painkillers and psychotropic drugs he took to ameliorate his symptoms - former San Diego State University and NFL star offensive lineman Kyle Turley was desperate for relief.

"The years of [prescription drug] use started to manifest in very negative ways," says Turley, a resident of Riverside who was a Consensus All-American at SDSU and the first-round draft choice (seventh overall) of the New Orleans Saints in 1998.

Turley, 40, says he started using prescription medications for...