“I have a serious drug problem”

Petter Northug.Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

Petter Northug says that he struggles with drug abuse problems as a result of hard partying. He calls it comprehensive.

On Friday, the former cross-country star met the press for the first time after he was stopped last Thursday by a police control in the 110 zone at E6 Gardermoen. The press conference took place at a hotel in Trondheim.

A large number of media outlets were in place to hear the ski profile put into words the situation he ended up in.

-”I have a serious substance abuse problem, consisting of alcohol, drugs, and pills in connection with periodic hard fasting. There has been a lot of hard partying lately. I have not taken it seriously, denied it and hid it from those around me. The consequences have become very serious and extensive.”, Northug said. 

Suspense hunt

He further apologized for the situation he ended up with towards his family, friends, and partner. 

-”I have failed again and would like to apologize to everyone involved.”, Northug said. 

-” I am ashamed that i am in search of excitement and intense experiences. Now things have gone awry and I need help.”, he continued. 

The former cross-country star points out that he has been involved in many fun projects, but he has not always had a good time with himself. 

-”I lack structure in everyday life that I had as a practitioner.”, said Northug. 

Three offenses

Northug’s speed was measured at 168 km/h and the police found reason to suspect the 34-year-old of driving under the influence of drugs. The ski profile’s driver’s license was confiscated on the spot. 

Later, the police also found what is described as a small amount of drugs in his home. The previous cross-country profile has confirmed it as cocaine himself. 

The 34-year-old is charged with speeding, driving under the influence and possession of drugs. As per the blood test results.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today


1 Comment on "“I have a serious drug problem”"

  1. The speeding was a cry for help.

    He’s done his sports duty for Norway and deserves a normal life and happiness.

    Why are drugs being allowed to be pushed?

    For people’s protection – national security on the personal, civil level – Norway needs more law enforcement forces instead of war toys.

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