Wow. This is powerful.
In light of new reports suggesting Prince died as a result of drug addiction, Jamie Lee Curtis penned an emotional essay about her own personal battle with painkillers.
In hopes of raising awareness about the dangers of opiate use, the 57-year-old actress wrote in Huffington Post:
"I too, waited anxiously for a prescription to be filled for the opiate I was secretly addicted to. I too, took too many at once. I too, sought to kill emotional and physical pain with pain killers. Kill it. Make it stop.
Too many of our fellow humans, famous, infamous, and not famous at all, have sought the same relief. The symbolism of James Taylor's Fire and Rain,an anthem of addiction, seems more poignant as now it is a purple rain, another loss to drug addiction."
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The Scream Queens star — who has been in recovery from her addiction for 17 years — continued:
"Most people who become addicted, like me, do so after a prescription for a painkiller following a medical procedure. Once the phenomenon of craving sets in, it is often too late. I, like all of you, mourn the passing of a great artist but I also mourn the passing of potential artists past and present, caught in this deadly vise."
As you know, it's been said that the late music icon suffered from addiction following a procedure on his hip several years back.
Miz Curtis ended her poignant letter with a call to action:
"Let's work harder, look closer and do everything we can not to enable and in doing so, disable, our loved ones who are ill. This is what it sounds like when we all cry."
Although it has not been confirmed drugs were a factor in Prince's sudden passing last month, we appreciate Jamie Lee bringing attention to a very serious and deadly issue.
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