Nikki Sixx: Trump Administration Needs to Follow Through on Opioid Crisis

By Bryan Le 01/15/18

“The new administration had talked about ‘it’s an opioid crisis,’ so they were going to really focus on that. But last I checked, there hadn’t been much done.”

Nikki Sixx at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles.
The modern state of the drug crisis scares Sixx.

Though Nikki Sixx published his best-selling memoir, The Heroin Diaries, about 10 years ago, his story remains relevant today thanks to the opioid crisis in the United States. Like any struggle with opioids, Sixx’s journal entries published in the book were hard to swallow.

“There are some diary entries that I asked the publisher, like are you guys sure you want all of this?” recalled Sixx in a recent interview with Fast Company. “But it is real.”

He says he once literally lost his life to drugs. “For two minutes in 1987 I was pronounced clinically dead from an overdose,” he wrote in a 2017 Los Angeles Times op-ed.

Now that he’s in long-term recovery, the Mötley Crüe bassist is using his experience and platform to become a vocal advocate for the recovery community. Most recently, he’s been calling upon the Trump administration to follow through with the White House’s interim report on the opioid crisis.

“I know, at one point, that the new administration had talked about ‘it’s an opioid crisis,’ so they were going to really focus on that,” Sixx said. “But last I checked, there hadn’t been much done.”

But Sixx isn’t the type to just sit around and wait for something to happen. On his Heroin Diaries website, he’s trying to spread awareness with a heat map filled out by site visitors.

“We created a heat map on our web page, and you can check in there and you can see these hotbeds of addiction, and you can talk about your experiences,” he said. “The audience was really open to that, and we’re finding that, when we can, we’ll talk about it and talk about it in solution-based ways, and not really glamorizing stuff.”

The drug scene these days scares Sixx, with easily concealable and legal pills being the driving force behind the modern drug crisis:

“It’s the prescription thing that’s really severely scary to me. It’s the scariest. I had to go to the street to get it. We were just partying, and then it turned into an addiction. But now the kids are just taking, just carrying in their pocket. It is a pill. You can wrap it up in a tissue, and stick in their backpack and no one knows. It’s not like a syringe, or they’re smoking and some and chasing the dragon. So there’s there’s a lot of opportunity for really horrible things to happen in secret. A lot of the young kids are getting into it and they’re trading it in the schoolyard.”

Sixx previously blasted President Trump in his Los Angeles Times op-ed.

"Opioid abuse isn’t just making addicts sick, it’s making America sick," he wrote. "Now President Trump wants to slash the 2018 Medicaid budget. He’s suggesting deep cuts in funding for treatment, prevention and addiction research. And Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to fill federal prisons with drug addicts instead of getting them help.”

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Bryan Le grew up in the 90's, so the Internet is practically his third parent. This combined with a love for journalism led him to The Fix. When he isn't fulfilling his duties as Editorial Coordinator, he's obsessing over fancy keyboards he can't justify buying. Find Bryan on LinkedIn or Twitter