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Rapper T.I. says drug problem began after surgery

T.I. says his drug problem started when he received prescriptions for OxyContin and hydrocodone after a series of dental surgeries this year.

"After the pain went away, I kept taking it. I had like five, six prescriptions. So, I had, like, 80 pills. Everybody else might drink or smoke a blunt; I took a pain pill," the rapper says in an interview in the December issue of Vibe magazine, according to The Associated Press.

T.I., 30, whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., said he is now clean and sober, thanks in part to his September arrest in Los Angeles.

Police found ecstasy pills on him, and while the case was dropped, a judge found him in violation of his probation stemming from a 366-day prison stint for trying to buy illegal guns and sentenced him to 11 months in jail.

Before going back to jail, T.I. attended therapy sessions to help kick his addiction to pills and codeine, which he was drinking to get high.

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