Prompted by his 6 year anniversary of getting clean and Jeff Sessions' recent memo on drug charges and sentences, Embry took to Twitter to speak about opiate addiction.
“Opiate OD is the leading cause of preventable death in America at 50k last year alone. It’s a health [crisis] not a criminal one Mr Sessions,” Embry tweeted on May 12.
“For decades we have told addicts that their behavior deserves punishment. That they should be locked away for their addictions,” he continued. “All that accomplishes is multiplying the shame that us addicts experience. It forces us to hide our addictions until it’s too late for help. So many people have died because they were afraid and ashamed. This memo from Sessions does nothing to address that. It only makes it worse.”
Embry also invited anyone battling addiction to send him a direct message on Twitter, and he would offer any advice he could to help lessen the pain of withdrawal.
"I was stuck in a cycle of running through a subutex script and smoking tar for about two straight years. 6 years ago today I started my kick," he tweeted. "If you are strung out on opiates and want to stop-but the fear of the kick is keeping you from it-I won't lie it fucking sucks... But unlike the cycle you are in right now, there is an end in sight. Find someone you can trust to walk you through it and get tough."