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    Wed, 24 Nov 2010 13:01:38

    T.I. Reveals That Teeth Problems Led to Drug Dependency - Pain killers are a bitch

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    In the December/January issue of Vibe, incarcerated rapper T.I. talked about how dental hygiene issues led to his drug dependency. I'd like to interject for a second. Pain killers are a bitch. I hate them. I had to take them once when I wrenched my back and once after a dental procedure and while those little pills certainly wipe out the pain, I can barely stand up; my head feels dizzy; my stomach swirls in nasty knots; and I have to lay down and not move because they fuck with my entire constitution. I don't know how anyone can rock the PKs recreationally because I can barely tolerate them on the medicinal level. But I know plenty of folks who thoroughly enjoy the high that comes from pain killers, so I can understand why Tip went down that road.

    That said, back to T.I. He admitted that dental work contributed to his reliance on pain killers. "I had a lot of work done to my teeth. Oral surgery, extractions, six, seven, eight root canals. Between January to February," he said. "As soon as I got out, I had a lot of stuff done. In the joint, you eat shit that is unhealthy for you. I had fillings that fell out and stuff that had to get dealt with. Of course for the pain they gave me oxycontin and hydrocodone. And, mind you, on October 13, 2007, I had cut off everything. Weed, alcohol. Then I get these pills and I start taking them for the pain at first. And then I'm like, 'Wait? This shit makes me feel good.' And it's legal. After the pain went away, I kept taking it. I had like five, six prescriptions. So I had, like 80 pills. Everybody else might have a drink or smoke a blunt, I took a pain pill. Times when I had 18-20-hour days, I'd take a pain pill. And eventually I developed I guess the beginning stages of dependence."

    What do you think of T.I.'s reasoning behind his drug dependency?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    11.24.10




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