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MMA Vet Opens Up About Opiate Addiction

It’s been a while since Isaac Vallie-Flagg fought in the UFC and — aside from seeing the odd retweet of something he posted on Twitter — I had not heard much from or about him in years. Then, today, an interview was posted that detailed his struggle with opiates. The story follows a similar path as many others; first, getting hooked on prescription painkillers and then, when sources for the pills dried up, moving on to heroin. It’s quite the story, and thankfully IVF seems to be getting back on his feet. I’m usually loathe to post links to BJPenn.com but this interview is well worth a read.

Hopefully he is able to stay clean and get his life back on track. The fight world is grueling and brutal enough, even without struggling with substance abuse problems.

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