Meek Mill Hid Drug Addiction From Fear of Being Sent to Prison [Video]

Rucuss staffMay 4, 2018

Meek Mill revealed some private details of his past during a press conference held in Philadelphia.

Mill spoke candidly about his battle with an opioid addiction while he was on probation during a press conference on Tuesday. The Philadelphia rapper made the revelation after being released on bail from prison in April.

“I think [there] should be a line drawn where you have a drug problem [and] where you’re scared to tell your probation officer you have a drug problem because you don’t want to be sent to prison for years,” Mill  said, standing next to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.

Mill argued that people with drug addictions who are on probation should not be penalized by the courts for having an addiction. The fear of negative repercussions will perpetuate the drug problem and prevent people from seeking treatment that is potentially life-saving.

Mill previously spoke about his addiction in an interview with Rolling Stone while he was incarcerated. He had his wisdom teeth removed in 2013, and a prescription for Percocet got him hooked. In 2015, he was sent back to prison for six months after testing positive for the opiate.

Mill thanked his probation officer who eventually helped him recover by sending him to rehab.

“It changed my life,” Mill said.

Mill continued, “I’m still overwhelmed. I came from being in prison seven days ago and I’m still overwhelmed… It was a traumatic experience and I’m happy to be back and be a part of what I call history because I notice a lot of voiceless men and people I personally know from being in prison… I feel like God has given me a great platform to help many others and make Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the world a better place.”

Mill was released on bail last week. In November, he was sentenced up to four years in prison for violating terms of his probation on a decade-old gun and drug case.

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