FLEA from the RHCP did a personal editorial, “The Temptation of Drugs Is a Bitch,” for TIME where he talked about his past struggles with opiates and said that doctors are too complicit in the spread of this addiction epidemic.
"I’ve been around substance abuse since the day I was born. All the adults in my life regularly numbed themselves to ease their troubles, and alcohol or drugs were everywhere, always. I started smoking weed when I was eleven and then proceeded to snort, shoot, pop, smoke, drop and dragon chase my way through my teens and twenties.
I saw three of my dearest friends die from drugs before they turned 26, and had some close calls myself. It was a powerful yearning to be a good father that eventually inspired a sense of self-preservation, and in 1993 at the age of 30, I finally got that drugs were destructive and robbing my life force. I cut them out forever."
“Temptation is a bitch, though. All my life I’ve gone through periods of horrific anxiety,” he laments. “I can meditate, exercise, pray, go to a shrink, work patiently and humbly through my most difficult relationship problems … Or I could just meet a dealer, cop a bag of dope for $50 and fix it all in a minute.”
Back when I was a petty thievin’ Hollywood street urchin running feral, and doing every drug in the book, the dangers were clear. Cops busted me, drug dealers burned me, accidental overdoses happened and scary gun-toting criminals lurked in the shadows. To step into this seedy world of narcotics was obviously dangerous.
But what if your dealer was someone you’d trusted to keep you healthy since you were a kid? Many who are suffering today were introduced to drugs through their healthcare providers … It’s hard to beat temptation when the person supplying you has a fancy job and credentials and it’s usually bad advice not to trust them.
“My doctor put me back together perfectly, and thanks to him I can still play bass with all my heart. But he also gave me a two-month supply of Oxycontin.”
He said that the dose prescribed was way too high, as a quarter of the prescribed amount would leave him in a haze: “I was high as hell when I took those things. It not only quelled my physical pain but all my emotions as well. I only took one a day, but I was not present for my kids, my creative spirit went into decline, and I became depressed.”
HERE'S HIS SOLUTION
"There is obviously a time when painkillers should be prescribed, but medical professions should be more discerning. It’s also equally obvious that part of any opioid prescription should include follow-up, monitoring and a clear solution and path to rehabilitation if anyone becomes addicted. Big Pharma could pay for this with a percentage of their huge profits.
Addiction is a cruel disease, and the medical community, together with the government, should offer help to all of those who need it."