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Dennis Quaid Opens Up About Past Cocaine Addiction – Says Hollywood Producers Used to Supply Cocaine on Movie Sets

posted 06:27 AM EST, Mon April 11, 2011
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According to long in-recovery cocaine addict Dennis Quaid, in 1970’s Hollywood, cocaine use was so prevalent that movie execs even budgeted for drug purchases on set.

Talking to Newsweek magazine, Quaid called his cocaine use of the 70’s and 80’s, his “greatest mistake” and said that it got so bad that, “I’d wake up, snort a line, and swear I wasn’t going to do it again that day. But then 4 o’clock rolled around, and I’d be right back down the same road like a little squirrel on one of those treadmills.”

Looking back he marvels at how prevalent cocaine use was during the early days of his career, and how ill equipped he was to handle it during his rocketing rise to stardom.

He says cocaine was everywhere in mid 70’s Hollywood and that movie producers even used to budget for the drug and  supply to those on sets, disguising cocaine purchases as petty cash outlays for accounting purposes.

By the mid 1980’s, Quaid concedes that steady nights of wide-eyed cocaine use were affecting his skills as an actor and he eventually sought treatment after having what he called, “one of those white-light experiences” and realizing he was on a road that was heading straight at an early death.

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