Paris Jackson is urging professionals to work on a “better vetting process” when it comes to prescribing “addictive medication.”
The musician—who released her debut album Wilted back in 2020 and shared her new effort the lost ep in February—caught up with LVR magazine about the matter during a recent cover story.
“There should be a better vetting process [in everything]: before you medicate — or something even more dangerous, like selling a gun — you should vet them,” she said.
Jackson, who has struggled with drug and alcohol abuse in the past, explained that vetting processes are “important in all kinds of situations.”
“It could be as simple as a job, or as complicated as medicine or a weapon,” Jackson said. “Psychiatrists hand out addictive medication like candy without really vetting the patient. There is no harm in vetting.”
Jackson’s father Michael Jackson died as a result of a cardiac arrest in response to a combination of prescription drugs in 2009. Four years later, Paris took 20 Motrin tablets and slit her wrists during a suicide attempt, and later went to get residential treatment. She is now an ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and the Heal Los Angeles Foundation, and tells LVR that she wants to be of service in “any little way that I can.”
“Sometimes it looks like activism by going to a protest, or if my ambassadorship means a donation,” she said. “It also means buying someone a meal, giving someone a ride home, or calling someone in need. I try to be supportive to touch on different degrees of service, not just on a grander scale. The personal stuff is more day-to-day. For the bigger things, I do have a platform — and it seems pointless not to use it for something so important.”