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Derek Chauvin trial blog Day 4

Girlfriend: Floyd and I both suffered with an opioid addiction

George Floyd’s girlfriend, Courteney Ross, 45, said she and Floyd were addicted to opioids.

She said their drug use was part of their three-year relationship.

“Floyd and I both suffered with an opioid addiction,” she told prosecutor Matthew Frank. “Both Floyd and I, our story, it’s a classic story of how many people get addicted to opioids.”

She said they both suffered from chronic pain.

“Mine was in my neck and his was in his back,” she said, adding that they both had prescriptions. “But after prescriptions that were filled, we got addicted and tried really hard to break that addiction many times.”

They were each aware of the other’s addiction and attempted to work through it together, she said.

Asked by Frank how long they struggled with addiction, Ross said: “Addiction, in my opinion, is a lifelong struggle. So it’s something that we dealt with every day. It’s not something that just kind of comes and goes. It’s something I’ll deal with forever.” 

She said Floyd would take OxyContin and Oxycodone. They would purchase the opioids on the black market. 

She said there were times they would use opioids together.