Jamie Lee Curtis Discusses Past Painkiller Addiction Following Prince's Death

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"Let’s work harder, look closer and do everything we can not to enable and in doing so, disable, our loved ones who are ill," the actress writes.

Jamie Lee Curtis wants more to be done to raise awareness of the dangers of opiate use. 

The actress penned an open letter posted by the Huffington Post on Thursday, in which she talked about her previous struggle with painkillers in light of new reports about the death of Prince.

"It seems now that the governmental body, the AMA, the FDA and the media are starting to address the rampant epidemic of opiate addiction," the actress wrote. "There have been reclassifications and attempts at reigning in the overprescription of opiates."

Prince was found dead in his Minnesota home on April 21. It has been reported he was addicted to painkillers, but it remains unclear what role they may have played in his death, as no official cause has yet been released. 

Curtis said her struggle was real, but she was one of the lucky ones able to break away. 

"Most people who become addicted, like me, do so after a prescription for a painkiller following a medical procedure," she wrote. "Once the phenomenon of craving sets in, it is often too late."

She implored readers to be more vocal in order for change to happen. 

"Let’s work harder, look closer and do everything we can not to enable and in doing so, disable, our loved ones who are ill," she wrote. "This is what it sounds like when we all cry."

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