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Eminem talks about drug addiction

Eminem has confessed his addiction to prescription drugs nearly killed him.

The rapper - whose real name is Marshall Mathers - opens up about his battle with prescription drugs in a new documentary, How To Make Money Selling Drugs.

Eminem revealed: "When I took my first Vicodin, it was like this feeling of 'Ahh.' Like everything was not only mellow, but [I] didn't feel any pain.

"I don't know at what point exactly it started to be a problem. I just remember liking it more and more. People tried to tell me that I had a problem. I would say 'Get that f***ing person outta here. I can't believe they said that to me. I'm not out there shooting heroin. I'm not f***ing out there putting coke up my nose. I'm not smoking crack."

The 40-year-old father-of-three told how he was rushed to hospital as his addiction spiralled out of control.

"Had I got to the hospital about two hours later, I would have died," he said. "My organs were shutting down. My liver, kidneys, everything.

"They were gonna have to put me on dialysis. They didn't think I was gonna make it. My bottom was gonna be death."

"Coming off everything, I was literally was up 24 hours a day for three weeks straight. And I mean, not sleeping, not even nodding off for a f***ing minute.

"I had to regain motor skills, I had to regain talking skills. It's been a learning process, I'm growing. I couldn't believe that anybody could be naturally happy without being on something. So I would say to anybody 'It does get better'."

How To Make Money Selling Drugs opens in cinemas in the US on Friday June 28, 2013.

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