August Alsina admits past drug addiction


R&B star August Alsina, who in 2017 revealed his battled with liver disease, says he was once addicted to Percocet.
On Monday, the 25-year-old shared on Jada Pinkett Smith’s “Red Table Talk” how he overcame his addiction, and said he is currently in the beginning stages of living a sober life. “I was pretty much doing way too many shows, not taking care of myself,” he said. “I was drinking so much liquor. Smoking so much weed. Just one night at a show in New York, I literally passed out and fell off the stage in 2014.”

The accident was so severe, it caused Alsina to flatline twice and go into a coma for three days. To cope with the pain, doctors gave the star the painkiller Percocet. “I literally had an endless supply of Percs,” he shared. “If you asked my brother, anybody … I’m like, raining Percs. Off my body, off my house. I was literally raining pills like Skittles.” To get clean, he reached out to Pinkett Smith and husband Will Smith.

Although he wouldn’t share exactly how many pills a day he would take, Pinkett Smith recalled the number to be around six. He also says he felt conflicted with his pill usage because they were prescribed by a healthcare professional.