Aaron Carter Addresses Drug Rumors, Gets Tested On 'The Doctors'

By Paul Fuhr 09/18/17

The former pop idol submitted to an on-air drug test while candidly discussing his current health issues on a recent episode of the show.

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Singer Aaron Carter has long battled addiction issues over the years, though a recent appearance on the syndicated talk show The Doctors revealed that his problems aren’t behind him. Carter, who rocketed to fame with his platinum album Aaron’s Party (Come Get It) in 2000, enjoyed success with pre-teens and teens with hits like That's How I Beat Shaq.

In recent years, he’s racked up arrests for DUI and marijuana possession, weathered bankruptcy, and publicly discussed his struggle with Xanax addiction. On a two-part episode of The Doctors, the former pop idol submitted to an on-air drug test while he candidly discussed his current health issues. 

Carter’s drug test results came back positive for benzodiazepines and hydrocodone—a potentially lethal combination. “These medications—and I'm speaking now purely from the doctor's perspective—can be very, very scary,” Dr. Travis Stork informed Carter on the talk show. (Carter did test negative for other drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine.) While the gaunt singer admitted that he’d gone to the streets to locate the prescription meds, he was adamant that he wasn’t a user of illicit drugs.

"I've never smoked crack in my life. I've never smoked meth in my life. I tried cocaine when I was like 16,” the 29-year-old said. “My doctor has prescribed me Xanax, Klonopin, [and] Oxycodone. I don't mix medications, I do it to relieve stress or pain or angst.” (During the same guest spot, he was tested for HIV, too.)

Carter’s appearance on The Doctors comes less than a week after he popped up on the police’s radar three times in 24 hours. According to the New York Daily News, police were called to the singer’s Florida home following an anonymous suicide threat. The police also later visited Carter “in response to a call in which police were told Carter was ‘not in a safe mental state.’” The caller claimed Carter had “threatened to harm family and others.” That same day, Carter announced via Twitter that he’d “completely totaled” his BMW M4 and “I never meant to get into an accident as severe as this.” (Those tweets have since been deleted.) 

“I don't want to be on that stuff,” Carter said of the drugs in his system. “My sister passed away from it. It's not OK. I don't take it every day.” (His sister, pop singer Leslie, died at age 25 after overdosing on Olanzapine, Cyclobenzaprine and Xanax.) Carter is clearly aware of the difficult road ahead of him: “To be honest with you, it's not going to be easy. I know that it's a hard road,” he said on the talk show.

The doctors suggested that Aaron enter rehab to resolve his health-related issues.

Several sources including TMZ, however, report that Carter “drew a line at the suggestion that he gets treatment.” The singer hasn’t always been against rehab, though: just six years ago, he spent a month in a treatment center.

"There was a picture that leaked from one of my best friends of me smoking weed and it was on the front cover of The National Enquirer and it damn near ruined my career," Aaron said. "I ended up going to the Betty Ford Center, you know, to go and just like take a break and try to just like, you know, figure out how to get myself healthy and together.”

On Friday, The Doctors aired an update on Carter. The singer has yet to take the doctors up on their offer to send him to treatment at Alo House Recovery Centers in Malibu. Travis Stork, one of the show's hosts, says Carter's legal obligations and performance appearances have gotten in the way.

"Every day I hope I hear from Aaron that he's going. Only Aaron knows now what will happen with his future," Stork says. "He's acknowledged his issues, he's opened up about them and I think we all know that Aaron needs help to address them."

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Paul Fuhr lives in Columbus, Ohio with his family and two cats, Vesper and Dr. No. He's written for AfterParty MagazineThe Literary Review and The Live Oak Review, among others. He's also the host of "Drop the Needle," a podcast about music and addiction recovery. More at paulfuhr.com. You can also find Paul on Linkedin and Twitter.

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