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Nikki Sixx: Heroin Epidemic 'Breaks My Heart'

By McCarton Ackerman 09/20/16

"As a recovering heroin addict, I'm telling you, you don't know what you're doing. When you buy a balloon of Persian heroin, you don't know what's in it.”

Nikki Sixx: Heroin Epidemic 'Breaks My Heart'

Former Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx literally came back from the dead to overcome his heroin addiction. Now he’s trying to help others avoid going down the same path.

Speaking on his Sixx Sense radio show, the current Sixx:A.M. bassist talked about the heroin overdose epidemic that’s plaguing the U.S. He said he was inspired to make it a topic of discussion after watching a news report on the fentanyl-laced heroin that wreaked havoc in Ohio over the summer.

"What dealers are doing is they're taking heroin and they're cutting it with fentanyl to give it a little extra kick. It just breaks my heart to think that something so deadly... I mean, this is 50 times stronger than heroin, and people don't know what they're getting, and they're dying,” said Sixx. "As a recovering heroin addict, I'm telling you, you don't know what you're doing. When you buy a balloon of Persian heroin, you don't know what's in it.”

Sixx struggled with substance abuse throughout his ‘80s heyday with Mötley Crüe and was even declared clinically dead after his heart stopped for two minutes after a heroin overdose in 1987. But since he began to work a recovery program, the 57-year-old has been sober for years and has been open about what helped him stay that way.

In a July 2013 Facebook post celebrating his sobriety birthday, Sixx credited “letting go of self and ego, working a program that connects you to a higher power and giving back to those still struggling.”

Now well into his recovery, Sixx has even begun dispensing advice to others who want to get sober.

"The first step is acknowledging. When you're an addict, and you're kind of in a hole, and it doesn't matter if you're in a million-dollar mansion or if you're living on the street, you're still in a hole … you feel bad about yourself and you know you wanna get out, but when you go through withdrawal, it hurts. It's so painful,” said Sixx on his radio show.

“The way out is to admit that you're an alcoholic or a drug addict and admit that you're powerless, you're completely powerless, and then you have to let go.”

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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.

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