Jamie Lee Curtis Calls 911 After Friend's Drug Overdose

By McCarton Ackerman 03/04/14

The actress saved her friend's life after having battled her own addiction to prescription drugs.


Jamie Lee Curtis made a frantic 911 call over the weekend after finding her friend unconscious in the back of her car due to a reported drug overdose. The unidentified friend reportedly had an accidental overdose after mixing alcohol with prescription pills. Curtis was driving her friend to the hospital before deciding to call 911 after her condition began to worsen. The woman was treated and released just hours later after appearing to make a full recovery.

It was a scary moment for the now-sober actress. Curtis is a volunteer counselor and public speaker for anti-drug campaigns after overcoming her own addiction to prescription drugs and alcohol. Her prescription drug use reportedly began at the age of 35 after having cosmetic surgery on her eyes and quickly worsened. Curtis initially began using drugs and alcohol as a way to combat "loneliness," but her condition deteriorated to the point that she was stealing pills from her sister, Kelly.

She eventually wrote Kelly a letter that was never sent to her. “I’ve been harboring a bad secret,” read the letter. “I have found and taken many of your painkillers. I’ve betrayed you, and I know that you’re angry, and you have every right to be.”

Curtis has now been sober for over 14 years and called it the “single greatest accomplishment of my life because it broke the cycle of addiction in my family.” She credited staying sober with “being courageous enough to acknowledge it privately with my family and friends. Working really hard at solidifying it, getting support around it and being healthy. And then talking about it publicly.”

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.