Eliza Dushku, best-known for her roles in Bring It On (2000) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, gave a speech at the New Hampshire Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness in Manchester, New Hampshire, this past March.
The 36-year-old actress discussed her experiences with alcohol and drug abuse. Reflecting on her past, Dushku said, “it was fun and I loved it, until it wasn’t. Drugs didn’t love me. They didn’t love my family. They definitely didn’t love my friends that died.”
Her wakeup call took place when her brother told her that he didn’t want her to spend time with his daughter due to how substance abuse made Dushku behave. Now she is enjoying eight-and-a-half years of sobriety and has announced that she’s fulfilling a lifelong dream of attending college.
More than 400 people died in 2015 in New Hampshire because of an opioid overdose, approximately 2.5 times more than in 2011, largely contributed to by opioid over-prescription. Eighty percent of recent heroin users in New Hampshire got started on their habits with opioid analgesics, per data cited in a 2016 New Hampshire government report.