Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has penned an op-ed piece for Time magazine in which he examined the opioid crisis in America along with his own struggles with addiction. In the piece, titled “The Temptation Of Drugs Is A Bitch,” Flea wrote, “I’ve been around substance abuse since the day I was born. 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.”
Flea continued, “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. What I’ve learned is to always be grateful for my pain. That mindset has helped me stay away from the temptation of drugs.”
- Flea also opened up about a recent experience with Oxycontin, comparing healthcare providers to criminals. He wrote, “A few years ago I broke my arm snowboarding and had to have major surgery. My doctor put me back together perfectly . . . but he also gave me two-month supply of Oxycontin.”
- He continued, “The bottle said to take four each day . . . 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. I stopped taking them after a month, but I could have easily gotten another refill.”
- The bassist said that medical professionals “should be more discerning” when prescribing painkillers, adding, “Addiction is a cruel disease, and the medical community, together with the government, should offer help to all of those who need.”
- Red Hot Chili Peppers spent much of 2017 touring in support of their 11th studio album, 2016’s The Getaway, and are currently taking some time off.