Prince's Death: Jamie Lee Curtis says she was also addicted to painkillers

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As details continue to emerge about Prince's overuse of Percocet and the drug's connection to his premature death, Jamie Lee Curtis has opened up about her own battle with opiates.

In an emotional and often heart-wrenching op-ed for The Huffington Post titled "Kill the Pain," the "Halloween" star revealed that she was once addicted to painkillers but has been clean for 17 years.

Referring to a New York Times report that described Prince as toxic, Curtis said: "I can relate. I was toxic too.

"I, too, took too many at once. I, too, sought to kill emotional and physical pain with pain killers. Kill it. Make it stop," she continued. "I too, waited anxiously for a prescription to be filled for the opiate I was secretly addicted to. I too, took too many at once. I too, sought to kill emotional and physical pain with pain killers. Kill it. Make it stop.

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Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh are shown with their daughters Kelly, 2 1/2, and newborn Jamie Lee in Hollywood, Ca., in this Jan. 16, 1959 file photo. Curtis died Wednesday Sept. 29, 2010 at his Las Vegas area home of a cardiac arrest at 85 according to the Clark County, Nev. coroner. (AP Photo, File)
American actor Tony Curtis (1925 - 2010) with his wife, actress Janet Leigh (1927 - 2004) and their daughters Kelly Curtis and baby Jamie Lee Curtis, 1958. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Daughter Jamie, 3, gets a kiss from her father Tony Curtis as her mother, Janet Leigh, looks on in the backlands of Argentina, March 13, 1962. Curtis is on location for the film "Taras Bulpa." (AP Photo)
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"Most people who become addicted, like me, do so after a prescription for a painkiller following a medical procedure. Once the phenomenon of craving sets in, it is often too late."

While autopsy results are still pending, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Prince had Percocet in his system on the day of his death at age 57. The "Purple Rain" singer was discovered by his staffers unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park home in Minnesota on April 21.

As reported earlier this week, on the day before Prince's death staff members enlisted the aid of Mill Valley, California-based addiction expert Dr. Howard Kornfeld. Kornfeld's son, Andrew Kornfeld, arrived at Prince's Paisley Park home the morning that the singer was found unresponsive in the elevator of his home. The elder Kornfeld was scheduled to arrive the following day.

Curtis, 57, who currently appears in Fox's "Scream Queens," went on to comment on how "the governmental body, the AMA, the FDA and the media are starting to address the rampant epidemic of opiate addiction. There have been reclassifications and attempts at reigning in the overprescription of opiates.

"I, like all of you, mourn the passing of a great artist but I also mourn the passing of potential artists past and present, caught in this deadly vise," Curtis vowed.

"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. This is what it sounds like when we all cry," she poignantly concluded.

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