Scott Weiland dead at 48. The former lead vocalist for the Stone Temple Pilots and the rock group Velvet Revolver has passed away. The cause of death is still unknown. The lyricist and Grammy-award winning artist died in his sleep on his tour bus in Bloomington, Minn., on the morning of Thursday, Dec. 3. Wieland had experienced a long and public struggle with addiction.
Weiland’s most recent band, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, was scheduled to perform in Minnesota on Thursday evening. This is the second tragedy the band has faced in just a few short months. Earlier this year, Weiland’s bandmate, guitarist Jeremy Brown was pronounced dead due to a multiple-drug intoxication. According to CNN, Weiland was arrested and charged heroin and cocaine possession in 1995.
He told Rolling Stone Magazine in 1997 about his battle with addiction. “It got to the point where I didn’t feel like I got a good enough rush unless I had one hand on the needle and one hand dialing 911,” the singer told the magazine. Weiland was also arrested and charged with DUI in 2003 and 2007. Drug addiction is a devastating disease that kills millions of people every year.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, illegal drug use has been on the rise in the United States. Since 2013, approximately 24.6 million people have used illegal drugs in the past month. Heroin and cocaine, in particular, are two of the most dangerous drugs, leading to a rise in drug overdose deaths since 2001. Heroin, specifically, is responsible for a 5-fold increase in the number of overdose deaths, according to the National Center for Health Statistics and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Getting help for drug addiction is crucial to prevent further health problems. Drug rehab programs with a structured relapse prevention plan can help you or a loved one maintain sobriety. For more information about addiction treatment and recovery maintenance, contact a drug treatment center today.
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