Grunge Legend Tells Bizarre Story About Layne Staley Injecting Heroin Into His Neck


Former Hole drummer Patty Schemel was recently interviewed on the Do You Know Jack podcast to discuss her new book Hit So Hard.

The host asked, “One moment that really struck me was, there’s a story that you tell in the book, and I think it’s maybe one of the first times you went to shoot heroin, and you run into Layne Staley. He’s having a perfectly normal conversation, but he’s injecting heroin directly into a vein into his neck like it was just nothing. Is this sort of how this heroin culture in Seattle had escalated I suppose maybe would be the right word?”

Schemel responded, “For someone who can afford to have a heroin habit, where you never have – there’s no end to your money, so you can constantly have access, and then it becomes difficult to I guess – in a way it was just part of how, you eventually just start shooting up in your neck and it’s not a big deal.

I think it’s because it’s the way we all self-medicated back then. Of course I wasn’t just used to that, I made a mention of it in the book, Layne shooting up in his neck. It got to that point, that’s where it goes is what the point was in that too.”

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