Eminem almost died.
The iconic MC tells Vibe magazine in its forthcoming issue that during a relapse, he overdosed on pills he acquired from an “acquaintance” and almost became one of music’s greatest casualties.
“My doctor told me those mysterious new pills were methadone, which is used to wean heroin addicts off dope,” he told the mag in its forthcoming “Real Rap” issue.
“Had I known it was methadone, I probably wouldn’t have taken it. But as bad as I was back then, I can’t even say 100 percent for sure. My doctor told me the amount of methadone I’d taken was equivalent to shooting up four bags of heroin. Even when they told me I almost died, it didn’t click.”
Em admitted to the publication that he was an addict and through his uncontrolled dependence, he began to identify with his mother, with whom he’s had several public battles over the last decade.
“It’s no secret I had a drug problem,” he said. “If I was to give you a number of Vicodin I would actually take in a day? Anywhere between 10 to 20. Valium, Ambien, the numbers got so high I don’t even know what I was taking.”After suffering a knee injury that required surgery, he was not prescribed painkillers, which led him to search his house for drugs he’d hidden.