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The rapper Jarad Anthony Higgins, also known by his stage name Juice WRLD, died on December 8, 2019, at around 3 am. Juice WRLD landed in his private jet in Chicago at Midway International Airport where police were waiting for his arrival. They suspected that the plane contained narcotics and weapons. Once police searched the plane they discovered 41 bags of marijuana, 6 bottles of codeine cough syrup, 2 9mm pistols, a .40 caliber pistol, as well as ammunition.

While police were searching the plane, Juice WRLD went into cardiac arrest. Higgins’s girlfriend, Ally Lotti, admitted to the police that he takes a lot of Percocet and has a drug problem. An attempt to save his life was made when police administered Narcan to try and reverse the effects of his overdose. He did temporarily wake up but was later pronounced dead after taken to the hospital.

Was Juice WRLD Addicted to Pain Pills?

What Was the Cause of Juice WRLD’s Death?

The official cause of death from the Medical Examiner’s office was the result of oxycodone and codeine toxicity overdose. It is said that Juice WRLD took a large number of drugs in an attempt to hide them from the police, but it tragically took his life in the process.

While his music career was quickly taking off as a rock/rap fusion artist, he was also suffering from substance abuse. His drug use started at a young age with codeine as a young sixth grader and graduating to Percocet pain pills when he was just 14 years old. The lyrics in his music often showed an insight into his battle with drugs like pain pills and his addiction to them. He often talked about his Percocet, Xanax, Codeine, and Klonopin use in his songs.

Juice WRLD Rapped About His Struggle With Opioid Pain Pill Abuse

His songs like “Lucid Dreams, “Lean Wit Me”, and “Legends” shed a lot of light on his substance abuse and addiction. Juice WRLD knew that he had a problem with pain pills and other drugs. Unfortunately, like so many others who struggle with addiction, it can take multiple attempts to get sober even when you know how much it has taken over your life. In his case, his addiction caught up to him and ended his life before he ever got the chance to seek real treatment. He often talked about going to detox, getting himself healthy, and his desire to stop for his girlfriend, family, fans, and himself. He wanted to be the best person he could, but the hold that pain pills had on him was greater.

Juice WRLD Was Addicted to Oxycodone in Percocets

The drug Oxycodone, or Percocet, is what contributed the most to his overdose death. It is a highly addictive drug and contributes largely to the opioid epidemic currently sweeping through our country.  Oxycodone is generally prescribed for moderate to severe pain, but like so many, Juice WRLD abused it for its euphoric high that gives a wave of relaxation and happiness. When too much Oxycodone is taken at once, the body is unable to process it all. This causes low blood pressure, seizures, difficulty breathing, coma, and finally death. Oxycodone, and another pain pill, addiction is a serious and deadly issue and treatment should be sought as soon as possible.

Addiction Does Not Discriminate – Time to Get Help

Juice WRLD’s career was just taking off when his life ended. This is a perfect example that anyone can be afflicted with a substance abuse problem, even those with money, fame, and a bright future ahead of them. Addiction knows no boundaries and doesn’t discriminate. It is never too early to seek treatment for drug addiction, in fact, the earlier the better. You do not have to let drugs like pain pills take away your entire life before you choose to make a change. We at Recreate Life Counseling are here to help you or a loved one who may suffer from addiction.


Published on: 2021-04-16
Updated on: 2024-07-08