Anthony Green on Past Drug Use: ‘Fentanyl Actually Killed Me One Night’
Scene stalwart Anthony Green has never been shy about his previous drug abuse.
But, the musician recently admitted that the opioid fentanyl "actually killed" him one time. That is, before the Circa Survive frontman and Saosin singer luckily received resuscitation.
On Monday (Feb. 17), the incident was uncovered as Green discussed drug abuse with his Twitter followers. When one told the musician about their experience with fentanyl, Green responded with the story of his own deathly encounter. See a screenshot of the tweet down toward the bottom of this post.
"Sounds crazy," Green responded. "Fentanyl actually killed me one night but I got lucky and was resuscitated, it's a really scary drug."
In preceding messages, Green recounted some songs he had written while under the influence of narcotics. The musician then went on to explain how drugs became a kind of crutch for his anxiety. But he made it clear that the various substances he abused only exacerbated his problems overall.
"I always felt really uncomfortable in my own skin," Green explained. "Like I didn't belong anywhere and didn't like myself and I think drugs just made me feel good in a way that was almost a short cut to self acceptance, except it wasn't real and only made things worse."
Fans of Green are likely familiar with the musician's tales of drug abuse. In 2018, the singer told Spotify that he had gotten sober and was staying healthy. Late last year, however, Green relayed that he had "recently relapsed" but was taking the time required to "pull [him]self back together."
Fentanyl is the same opioid that contributed to the drug-related deaths of musicians such as Prince, Mac Miller, Michael Jackson and Wilco's Jay Bennett. The powerful narcotic is around 100 times stronger than morphine.
Circa Survive head out on tour later this spring, the band performing 2010's Blue Sky Noise in its entirety. In late 2014, Green returned to Saosin, the band he originally performed with from 2003-2004.
If you're struggling with drug addiction, please contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA's) National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP or visit samhsa.gov. You can also contact the National Drug Helpline at 1-844-289-0879 or visit drughelpline.org.
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