Nikki Sixx Pens Moving Recovery Piece For ‘L.A. Times’
You probably know Nikki Sixx as the hard-rocking bassist for the 80’s metal band, Motley Crue. But did you also know that he’s been a staunch recovery advocate for over 10 years? And now he’s taken his message to the pages of The Los Angeles Times, penning a moving op-ed piece about standing up against addiction.
Sixx’s article specifically points toward the nation’s opioid epidemic and the lack of support coming from The White House. We found it to be incredibly inspirational and quite intellectual, highlighting some alarming stats and particular failures on the part of President Donald Trump.
Sixx starts off his piece with a short bio about his own struggles. Three decades ago, he was battling a devastating heroin addiction that very nearly took his life.
Speaking from the heart, we wrote, “Heroin nearly killed me. As a matter of fact, it did: For two minutes in 1987 I was pronounced clinically dead from an overdose. From the outside looking in, I was living the dream. But in reality, I was in the throes of a disease I couldn’t control, addicted to heroin. Today I am 16 years sober and a decade into recovery advocacy.”
He goes on to write a stat we’ve echoed many times before. Overdoses from drugs kill more Americans annually than car crashes and gun homicides combined. And in the last four years, heroin deaths have more than doubled in the United States.
Trump comes into the picture shortly afterward, with a direct call out to his budget cuts for government-funded recovery programs, prevention and addiction research. Not to mention the fact that the President is pushing for harsher sentences against non-violent drug offenders (vs. treatment).
“While [Trump] has promised to declare opioid addiction a national emergency,” Sixx added. “He has also failed to file the proper paperwork. He lies about the causes of the epidemic, blaming Mexico and China when in fact the responsibility belongs to U.S. drug manufacturers and overzealous doctors pushing prescription painkillers.”
Sixx closes his piece with a direct call to action. He encourages readers to reach out to their local representatives and urge them to approve a 2018 budget that provides sufficient funding for Medicaid.
“We must not make it harder for the most vulnerable addicts to obtain treatment.” he added.
Sixx also wants drug manufacturers to be held accountable for the marketing of opioids and better regulations put in place to restrict unnecessary prescriptions. There is also a mention of naloxone and the need for widespread accessibility among emergency medical personnel (something we’ve written about before).
We have to say, we very moved by Nikki’s article and encourage all of our followers to take a moment and read it in its entirety. Hopefully it will help amplify the message to those who need to hear it.