Former child star Aaron Carter continues to open up about the traumatic life experiences that led him to use multiple prescription pills as “coping mechanisms” in dealing with his anxiety and pain.
Aaron Carter sat down with “The Doctors” for a very personal two-part interview on Wednesday, where he spoke candidly about his drug use.
The “I Want Candy” singer agreed to submit a drug test during the show, which provided shocking results to the show’s hosts. Despite Aaron testing negative for the use of cocaine and meth, the 29-year-old musician did test positive for a dangerous combination of benzodiazepines and opiates.
Dr. Travis Stork warned Aaron about how his drug use was very similar to his sister, Leslie, who passed away in 2012 to a drug overdose.
“What scares me about the drug panel is that your sister (Leslie Carter) perished from a drug overdose,”
“You have a mixture of benzodiazepines with opiates, which is how many people accidentally can die. These medications — and I’m speaking now purely from the doctor’s perspective — can be very, very scary.”
Aaron agreed to look for new ways to manage his stress as to not end up with a similar fate to his late sister.
“I don’t want to be on that stuff. My sister passed away from it. It’s not OK. I don’t take it every day,” he said. “To be honest with you, it’s not going to be easy. I know that it’s a hard road.”
Aaron admitted to sometimes going to “the streets” to get his drugs but remained adamant that he only uses the drugs as they were prescribed by doctors for various ailments and mental health-related issues.
“I’ve never smoked crack in my life. I’ve never smoked meth in my life. I tried cocaine when I was like, 16. My doctor has prescribed me Xanax, Klonopin, Oxycodone… I don’t mix medications, I do it to relieve stress or pain or angst,” he said.
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Take a look at some images of Aaron from over the years.