Flea recently examined the opioid crisis in America and his own struggles with addiction in a stirring op-ed the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist penned for Timeimage of bass player

"I’ve been around substance abuse since the day I was born," Flea wrote in "The Temptation of Drugs Is a Bitch." "I saw three of my dearest friends die from drugs before they turned 26, and had some close calls myself. It was a powerful yearning to be a good father that eventually inspired a sense of self-preservation, and in 1993 at the age of 30 I finally got that drugs were destructive and robbing my life force. I cut them out forever. Temptation is a bitch though." Read more about how the musician was able to combat his addiction.

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