Former world heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs says he cured his addiction to painkillers by using the cannabis plant and believes more people should be prescribed the drug.
The 46 year-old, currently linked to a fight with Tyson Fury in April, almost quit the sport after losing to Vitali Klitschko in 2010 but has since embarked on a successful comeback to the verge of another chance at a title.
Briggs saw no way back from his depressing state but eventually picked himself up off the floor and has his life back on track.
“I wanted to kill myself. But here I am … I am in great shape. I’m going to become heavyweight champion of the world for the third time and the whole world is going to be saying let’s go champ! What’s better than that?” Briggs told UPI.com.
On the current state of prescribed medicine dependence in the United States and how cannabis can help, he added: “It’s brutal. Sixty-four thousand died, when we have a natural cannabis plant that can save lives and get people off of heroin addiction and here we are not using it. Give the people what they need. The people need hemp. They need the cannabis plant to get off of heroin.
“And naturally prescribed drugs OxyContin and these different pain relievers that get people addicted, man. I was prescribed Cerritos … Xanax, Zoloft. They ballooned me up to 400 pounds. I wanted to kill myself, but fortunately this plant saved my life. Why is it not being sold to the world?
“Big pharma must be involved. We gotta stop this. We gotta come together and save lives,” said Briggs.
Should a fight with Fury come to fruition, Briggs would once again be on the world stage, knowing victory over the undefeated former king would almost guarantee a shot at a current ruler.
‘The Cannon’ is proving age is nothing but a number in his riper years, but by the time he returns to action from a suspension, another two-year spell out of action could prove costly for the American.