In the latest documentary about drug addiction entitled How To Make Money Selling Drugs, legendary rapper Eminem talks about his brush with death.
In the film, he discusses his overdose in detail, talking about his addiction to prescription drugs like Vicodin, Xanax and valium.
The famous rapper admitted that his addiction became so bad his organs began to shut down. In the film he said that, despite his deteriorating health, he thought he could control his addiction because he was not shooting heroin or smoking crack.
This is a common misconception around prescription medication addiction. People believe that, since the drugs came from a doctor, they are safer and less likely to cause addiction. This is a serious problem among people addicted to painkillers. People thing they are still in control.
Often times, their supply of painkillers comes direct form a doctor or doctors. That makes it harder for family members and friends to notice a problem in the first place.
In the movie, Eminem, real name Marshall Mathers, admits, “I don't know what point exactly it started to be a problem, I just remember liking it more and more.” Adding, “Had I got to the hospital about two hours later, I would have died. My organs were shutting down. My liver, kidneys, everything. They were gonna have to put me on dialysis, they didn’t think I was gonna make it.”
Now clean and sober, Mathers said he still remembers not understanding how people could stay off drugs. “I'm growing. I just couldn’t believe that anybody could be naturally happy or naturally function or be just enjoying life in general without being on something,” he said.
The man who made millions rapping actually had to relearn motor skills and speech skills. Worse still, with multiple organ failure a real possibility during his overdose, Eminem could have easily died within a matter of hours.