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Erik Ainge Opens Up About His Long Time Drug Use

ESPN New York has a piece on Jets backup quarterback Erik Ainge, who has opened up about his drug use, as well as how he would have made Charlie Sheen look like Miss Daisy.

Jets backup quarterback Erik Ainge started using drugs when he was 12. It began with a bong hit, and it escalated from marijuana to prescription meds, alcohol, cocaine and heroin. By his senior year at Tennessee, he was addicted to painkillers, downing them by the handful. Ainge, 24, who also suffers from bipolar disorder, missed the entire 2010 season because he went on a two-week bender before training camp and landed in rehab, fearing for his life, but has remained clean since July 17, he said — his longest stretch of sobriety since he was 11. Trying to help others by raising awareness of addiction and mental illness, Ainge recounted his painful journey in an interview with ESPNNewYork.com. “I’m a drug addict. I was in denial for a long time, but that’s who I am,” Ainge said. “My addiction is with the hardest of hard drugs — heroin, cocaine and alcohol. During my days of using, I was a really bad drug addict. I would’ve made Charlie Sheen look like Miss Daisy.”


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