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Dr. Charles Brown

“I'm 85 years old. My message to you is never lose contact with your contacts. It is critical that you remain socialized.”

“I’m 85 years old. My message to you is never lose contact with your contacts. It is critical that you remain socialized.”


On January 28, 2014, at the age of 84, Dr. Charles Brown accepted a request from the NFL to help solve the potential problem of prescription drug abuse among players. Assisted by a team of nationally recognized authorities on substance abuse in sports, Dr. Brown was tasked to identify a potential solution.

That’s no easy task. Football players regularly submit their bodies to some of the worst punishment imaginable, and relief from chronic pain can be a never-ending quest. Alarmed by the growing rate of prescription drug use and possibility of addiction among unwary players, the NFL established the Prescription Drug Program Advisory Committee (PDPAC) and brought together the greatest medical team possible to tackle the problem…a team unimaginable without the legendary Dr. Charles Brown.

It’s no surprise the NFL went out of its way to ensure Dr. Brown’s participation in this vital effort – few medical authorities possess his vast experience for advancing sports health and wellness. His career accomplishments would be too long to list, but you’ll get the picture from just a few highlights: first medical consultant for the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Jazz; consulting physician to marquee athletes; president of the NFL Physician Society and co-writer of the NFL policies on Drugs of Abuse and Alcohol. Dr. Brown is also internationally recognized for his highly successful crusade against the tobacco industry, an effort driven by his determination to improve health and wellness standards in America.

Attaining excellence as a physician requires years of experience. To become a sought-after authority on controlling substance abuse in professional sports, however, requires mastery of multiple disciplines and a unique understanding of human behavior. Life experience isn’t necessary to present a possible solution to a problem. It’s only required when you want a solution that will actually work.

Dr. Charles Brown … Peoples Health Champion.