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Jamie Lee Curtis opens up about opiate addiction after Prince's death

‘I too, waited anxiously for a prescription to be filled for the opiate I was secretly addicted to,’ she writes

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In a moving essay for the Huffington Post, actress Jamie Lee Curtis meditates on reports that Prince had sought help for addiction to pain pills before his death, and discusses her own past addiction to prescription pills. “I too, waited anxiously for a prescription to be filled for the opiate I was secretly addicted to,” she writes. “I too, took too many at once. I too, sought to kill emotional and physical pain with pain killers. Kill it. Make it stop.”

Though an autopsy was performed on Prince after his April 21 death, a cause of death has yet to be revealed. 

“Most people who become addicted, like me, do so after a prescription for a painkiller following a medical procedure,” Curtis, who says she’s been “in recovery from opiate addiction for over 17 years,” writes. “Once the phenomenon of craving sets in, it is often too late.”

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She also goes on to urge readers not to “enable” or “disable our loved ones who are ill.”

The actress has spoken about her past addiction before, most notably in 2009 after Michael Jackson’s death. “I too found painkillers after a routine cosmetic surgical procedure and I too became addicted,” she wrote in another blog post on the Huffington Post, responding to reports that there had been a connection between the great singer’s death and painkillers. “Mr. Jackson was an addict. It is coming out. Everywhere. He wanted relief and would get it in any name, place or method he could. It was and is a conspiracy of silence and I’m sure there were attempts to intervene and I’m sure his family and friends tried … but the addict gets what the addict wants, relief from the pain of their life.”

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