prescription pill abuse epidemic —Jennifer Gimenez is mad as hell that people are dying every day in frightening numbers—and you should be too

The prescription pill abuse epidemic that’s sweeping the nation makes Jennifer Gimenez mad as hell.

And, it should make you mad too—because people are dying every day in frightening numbers.

You probably know Gimenez from VH1’s hit show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and Bravo’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

But, did you know she was a major fashion model in the early 2000s?

And that her hard partying, fast-lane lifestyle nearly killed her?

Gimenez strutted the runway alongside Naomi Campbell and other supermodels of the time—jetting all over the world.

She graced the covers of dozens of magazines like Elle, and Vogue, and shot with the most legendary photogs of our time.

But the whole time, Jen, who was discovered at the tender age of 13, was dying from the disease of addiction.

Now, on the heels on Prince’s untimely death at the age of 57, the beauty is delivering a powerful message about the prescription pill abuse epidemic that’s plaguing the U.S.

It’s the silent epidemic that is taking lives at an alarming rate.

In 2010, enough prescription painkillers were prescribed to medicate every American adult every 4 hours for 1 month.

In 2016, the numbers have skyrocketed to even higher.

The United States makes up 5% of the world’s population and consumes 75% of the world’s prescription drugs.

So, are the people fueling the prescription pill abuse epidemic hope-to-die junkies you might see on street corners or in alleys?

Nope, they are your mom, your cousin, your nephew, neighbor, teacher, grandmother, daughter…. maybe even you.

They are people with legitimate pain from injuries, surgeries, and wear and tear.

They go to a legitimate doctor who prescribes them legal pain medication.

Then they need more. Then they need more. Then they need more.

Then they’re addicted.

Now 10-years sober, Gimenez has been very candid about her descent into drug and alcohol addiction.

At the height of her addiction, even Dr. Drew proclaimed her a lost cause.

Back in 2009, Gimenez told Life & Style:

When I first started recovery, Dr. Drew was horrified.

He thought there was no hope for me. He thought I'd be dead in a year.

But something finally kicked in. I stayed in there 9 months.

I've been sober ever since.

Now she’s using her platform to put a stop to prescription drug addiction and death.

Scroll down to watch Popdust’s exclusive interview with Jennifer Gimenez, addressing the prescription pill abuse epidemic

Head to SoberBook to learn more about Jen’s work—and check back on Popdust tomorrow to hear about Gimenez's crazy journey to sobriety.

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Scott Stapp is getting by with a little help from his friends—but, more importantly, he’s now no longer getting high, with a little help from his friends.

The Creed frontman has made an amazing recovery after suffering one of the most extreme public meltdowns since Britney Spears shaved her head.

As Popdust previously reported, last November Stapp released a disturbing video in which he claimed to be "under some kind of pretty vicious attack."

Things intensified further after his wife, Jaclyn, told a 911 dispatcher that Stapp believed he was part of the CIA and had threatened to kill President Obama.

The terrifying ordeal lasted 3 long months, with Scott’s behavior becoming more and more paranoid and frightening as the days progressed.

Thankfully, Stapp is now back to his former self once again, following a successful stint in rehab during which he was diagnosed as bi-polar—and, he was spotted looking happy and healthy last week as he arrived at LAX with Jaclyn.

TMZ caught up with Stapp to ask him about his recovery, and he gave some major props to Popdust’s very favorite sober guru, the always gorgeous, Jennifer Gimenez—who has been instrumental in helping her friend get healthy and stay clean.

“We’ve had some really good talks about recovery….and she’s given me some really good advice,” Stapp shared.

Meanwhile, Gimenez says she is “honored” to be helping the 41-year-old father-of-three get back on track.

“Scott is an absolute miracle and it’s been such an honor to be a part of his recovery,” Jennifer tells Popdust exclusively. “He is such an amazing husband, father and human being, and to lose him to addiction would have been a great tragedy.”

Stapp opened up about his ordeal earlier this month, telling People magazine that he’s “lucky to be alive.”

"I had a psychotic break that was brought on by alcohol and drug abuse," he explained. "I was hallucinating. I drove around the United States for a month, following an angel that I saw on the hood of my car.”

"In my delusional thinking, I thought my family was involved in ISIS, and that millions of dollars had been taken from me to support terrorism," he continued. "All of it was nonsense. I was out of my mind."

According to reports, Scott and Jaclyn are set to appear on the upcoming new season of Couples Therapy.

We’re back with the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and the drama rages on!

We are thrown back into the very redundant storyline of Kim Richards maybe, or maybe not, being sober anymore. She’s a hot a mess whether she’s back on the booze or not, and these woman are taking every opportunity to let her know that.

Brandi Glanville took a trip to Yolanda Foster’s house in Malibu. Just an FYI—when I die, bury me in this amazeballs house.

Anyhoo, I was quite confused by this visit because, as Popdust previously reported, last episode Brandi accused Yolanda’s 17-year-old daughter of being an alcoholic, which was so strange and super aggressive. Brandi is your typical coward. She gets backed in a corner, gets afraid, and spits fire. Yolanda should have slapped the bitch last week and sent her ass walking down Pacific Coast Highway.

Regardless, it seemed she forgot about it, or just knows that Brandi is batshit crazy. Yolanda asked Brandi to go on a 21 day cleanse, which means no alcohol. Brandi’s calling card is being a drunk lunatic. This cleanse will last for 12 hours max, peeps.

Kyle Richards and Lisa Vanderpump discussed the current situation with Kim. The ladies sipped tea and both agreed that Brandi plays a big role in Kim’s current situation—whatever it may be. Lisa still hates Brandi, so she happily takes any opportunity to blame something on her. In Brandi’s defense, she truly is all these bitches talk about. If Brandi didn’t get hammered and act a fool I’m afraid the show would be a bunch of middle aged woman discussing their latest trip to Bed Bath and Beyond.

Eileen Davidson was having dinner with her husband, Eddie. These two have been married for like 100 years, but they’re still pretty awkward. I definitely took a walk to the kitchen during this snooze fest scene. Eddie wrote a screenplay and wanted all of Eileen’s actress friends to come do a table read. Actress is a very loose term in LA…

Lisa Rinna and Queen Vanderpump rode together to Eileen’s house for the table read. Rinna is still hell bent that Kim is back on the booze train. She thinks it might be a good idea to stage an intervention. It’s honestly cute that these loonies think their interventions ever A) go well and B) come from a good place.

Despite her slight obsession with Kim’s past addict ways, I do genuinely think Lisa Rinna is concerned for her. Vanderpump wants no parts in said intervention however—and I can’t blame her. These bitches are cray cray.

Brandi was at the beach with her gorgeous BFF, Jennifer Gimenez. She is a recovering addict and has been sober for many years, so she was the perfect person to discuss Kim’s current situation with. Ironically enough, Ken called Brandi to invite her to Lisa’s upcoming birthday party. He seemed SO thrilled about it. If he had the choice between willingly spending an evening with Brandi or playing in oncoming traffic, homeboy would be front and center on Sunset Blvd.

Cut to Eileen’s house for the table read. All the ladies are there, minus Brandi and Yolanda. Yolanda was at home taking her 65 vitamins and planning a scavenger hunt. Another day in the life. Back at the table read and it’s a beautiful fucking train wreck. These women truly believe that they are all Oscar winning actresses. Kim was playing with a puppet. God bless her.

Brandi and Kim were en route to Lisa’s birthday party. They brought along Paris Hilton's mom, Kathy, who looked like she would have rather spent her evening in an electric chair. The party looked pretty odd because other than Mohammed, Queen Vanderpump’s bestie, there were only Real Housewives in attendance. Ken and Lisa were on their way to the party. Lisa thought they were headed to Chateau Marmont, but Ken insisted there was an issue at Pump that they needed to deal with before. Much to her surprise, she walked into a surprise party full of Botoxed plastic surgeried psychopaths.

Lisa gave a speech thanking everyone but Brandi for coming—but, when she got back from the ladies room, Lisa asked her to sing a song because she knows she hates doing so. Brandi sang and it sounded like a dying animal. Then, the rest of the women got up for a stab at a potential American Idol audition. Now all of the women were singing and I wanted to hurt myself. Brandi called them the “Menopause Mamas”. Spot fucking on.

Next week - looks like more Kim drama!

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As usual all your favorite stars were very busy getting social this past week—posting their candid snaps, sexy selfies and family frolics all over social media.

Popdust scoured Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, WhoSay….Grindr… et all….to bring you all the best, worst, craziest and funny celeb social media photos—you can check them all out in the gallery below, but in the meantime, here’s some highlights.

Andy Cohen enjoyed a threesome; Coco was topless bar some pasties in a vintage snap; Jennifer Gimenez got super sexy and looked hot hot hot with BFF Brandi Glanville in Vegas baby; Madonna was an unapologetic bitch; Teresa Giudice showed her love for her “honey”; 50-year-old Elle Macpherson showed off why she still deserves the title of “The Body”; NeNe Leakes was hanging with her girl Ivanka in the Big Apple; Jessica Simpson was in proud mommy mode—and with VERY good reason!! Lindsay Lohan stripped down and blowed…kisses… people…KISSES!!

Khloe Kardashian monkeyed around; Nick Jonas got his art on; Kim Kardashian flashed some major cleavage—and promoted Roberto Cavalli blankets all at the same time—good job KK!

Kris Jenner channeled her inner Sandra Dee in an ’80s flashback; Ireland Baldwin spent some quality time in Stockholm with her cousin; Kendall Jenner gave her very best Blue Steel while little sister Kylie just looked… confused..

Justin Bieber managed to “make it” once again; Selena Gomez got tatted, very cryptically; Justin Timberlake threw it back on a Thursday in super cute style; Christina Aguilera flaunted her burgeoning baby bump and super excited son (AKA: brother-in-waiting); Miley Cyrus got contorted and Miranda Kerr was a model mommy.

And, that’s just scratching the surface.. check out the gallery for the full unadulterated week in celebrity social media.