Eminem recently compared his struggles with drugs to that of Michael Jackson’s own public battle with prescription medication, sharing that on any given day, he used to swallow up to 90 pills.
“It’s very similar to what I’ve read about Michael,” Em said. “I don’t know exactly what he was doing, but I read that he kept getting up in the middle of the night, asking for more [drugs]. That’s what I was doing.”
Eminem has regularly alluded to his previous addiction to prescription medicine, which began during his 8 Mile filming in 2002. “I was taking so many pills that I wasn’t even taking them to get high anymore. I was taking them to get normal…I want to say in a day I could consume anywhere from 40 to 60 Valium. And Vicodin? Maybe 20, 30.
“My everyday regimen would be, wake up in the morning and take an extra strength Vicodin and it’d be Vicodin throughout the day. Then, as the evening crept up, I’d start with a Valium or two, or three, or four. And every hour on the hour, I’d pop four or five more.”
His last two albums, Relapse and Recovery recount his experience, including his road to sobriety. Eminem is currently gearing up to take Saturday Night Live’s stage with Lil Wayne.