Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx brought light to the issue of heroin addiction and overdosing on his syndicated radio show Sixx Sense.


Sixx, who has dealt with heroin addiction for years and has never been shy about discussing it, spoke at length about the issue, which has become an epidemic that is little talked about. Recently, death by drug overdose has taken more lives than gun violence or car accidents in the U.S.

Sixx described how much of the heroin sold on the streets in cut with fentanyl or carfentanil, which are animal tranquilizers, and deadly to humans in larger doses. “I just read in the news recently 24 people died on a Friday night alone in Akron, Ohio from heroin overdoses,” Sixx said. “And 40 percent of Ohio’s overdoses is attributed to [carfentanil].”

Sixx described how easy it is to become addicted to painkillers, like Oxycodone, after being prescribed the medication.

“Oxycodone is a painkiller, so people who get surgeries will be given that, and you get addicted to it very easily, and then they start going to the street once because they’re addicted once they feel better from the surgery or whatever it is, and then they start buying heroin, and then they’re finding that they don’t know what they’re doing. Nobody knows what they’re doing.

“As a recovering heroin addict, I’m telling you, you don’t know what you’re doing. When you buy a balloon of Persian heroin, you don’t know what’s in it, and that’s what’s happening.”

Sixx also took the opportunity to say that all addicts either break the cycle by either withdrawals or dying, and how excuses always seems to run out.

“You always say, ‘I’m gonna quit tomorrow,’ and tomorrow never comes. You’re going to die, or you’re gonna get clean. And if you’re listening to this right now and you’re an addict, I’m telling you you’re gonna die if you don’t get clean. And I’m telling you if you’re not using drugs and you ever thought about it, you’re gonna get ’em and you’re gonna die. …You’re not gonna get ’em and have a good time and say, ‘I have a story to tell my friends, that I did a little heroin in the locker room with my friends,’ or, ‘We snuck behind someone’s house and we smoked a little heroin,’ or, ‘One of our friends, who’s super cool and has a nice car, got a little heroin, got some pills.”

The topic of Sixx’s heartbreaking rant is not often spoken about in this country, as addiction is often seen as a taboo subject, not as the disease that it is.

Sixx, himself a former heroin addict, says he does not miss heroin at all. See the clip below.

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