Hip-hop star and anti-addiction advocate Macklemore recently joined President Obama to discuss the dangers of a rising problem in America: addiction to prescription pain killers.
The reality of the problem is shocking. As the president notes, drug overdoses now kill more Americans every year than traffic accidents. And, in the last 16 years, the number of Americans who have died after overdosing on opioids has tripled. And, because the the pain killers are prescribed by doctors, more and more Americans are getting access to the medicines that could also become the source of deadly addictions.
Macklemore, who himself overcame addiction with the help of recovery resources and a 12-step program, has been vocal about the drugs’ danger. Along with advocating for new legislative measures—including training for doctors and additional resources to first-responders helping overdose victims—the duo announced that they are creating a new MTV special to help raise awareness about the issue. It will air later this summer. Discuss
Any Friends fan could tell you their favorite moments of the beloved show. The flag football Thanksgiving episode, the time Chandler Bing becomes Ms. Chanandler Bong, the one where Chandler and Monica finally get together, and of course, who could forget the time the gang went to Vegas? Well, as it turns out, Matthew Perry could. In recent interview with BBC Radio 2 about his play The End of Longing, the Friends actor revealed that he couldn't really remember filming seasons three through six of the NBC sitcom. When asked what his least favorite episode to film was, Perry responded, "I think the answer is, I don’t remember three years of it. So none of those … Somewhere between season three and six ... I was a little out of it." Perry struggled with alcohol and painkiller addiction during his time on the show. He told People in 2013, "I couldn't stop. Eventually, things got so bad that I couldn't hide it, and then everybody knew." Discuss