ST. PETERSBURG — The turbulent life of Florida boy Aaron Carter continues to be more interesting than his short-lived pop career ever was. Carter, 29, has been in the news for a DUI arrest in July and as recently as last week for wrecking his BMW.
As a follow-up, Carter is appearing on the Emmy Award-winning talk show “The Doctors” to speak to Dr. Travis Stork in a 2-part interview airing Wednesday and Thursday.
The “Aaron’s Party” singer submitted to a drug test for the taping of the show, which came back negative for meth and cocaine but positive for benzodiazepines and opiates in a proportion that stunned Stork.
“What scares me about the drug panel is that your sister perished from a drug overdose,” the doctor cautioned him. “You have a mixture of benzodiazepines with opiates, which is how many people accidentally can die. These medications—and I’m speaking now purely from the doctor’s perspective—can be very, very scary.”
The singer’s sister, Leslie Carter, died in 2012 from a prescription drug overdose at the age of 25.
Aaron’s drugs apparently are prescription drugs as well, but only after a fashion; by his own admission, he often acquires such drugs from “the streets.”
Carter went on to explain that he does not use illegal drugs and is careful even in the use of his properly-obtained prescription drugs.
“I’ve never smoked crack in my life. I’ve never smoked meth in my life. I tried cocaine when I was like, 16,” Carter said. “My doctor has prescribed me Xanax, Klonopin, Oxycodone … I don’t mix medications; I do it to relieve stress or pain or angst.”
Recent events call into question the effectiveness of Carter’s management techniques.
St. Petersburg police were dispatched to his Florida residence several times in a single day, with at least one of the visits prompted by an alleged threat of suicide. Carter, according to one anonymous caller to the police department, has been trying to purchase a gun “for the last couple of weeks.”
“I don’t want to be on that stuff,” he continued on the subject of his drug use. “My sister passed away from it. It’s not OK. I don’t take it every day. To be honest with you, it’s not going to be easy. I know that it’s a hard road.”
These comments notwithstanding, the singer’s representatives have stated that Carter is “fine” and is focused on his scheduled performances in his ongoing tour.
Carter’s interviews air on the “The Doctors” tonight and Thursday. One can’t help but conclude that he’s likely to find a bigger audience there than at his concerts.