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Zac Efron

Friends Believe He's Into Drugs, Not Sushi

3/28/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Zac Efron
's friends are "worried sick" about the actor ... and none of them believe Zac drove to downtown L.A. in the middle of the night to get sushi -- they say there's no doubt he's fallen off the wagon again.

TMZ broke the story ... Zac ended up in an area of downtown L.A. that turns dangerous late at night, with transients and drug dealers out in force.  Zac told cops his car ran out of gas, his "bodyguard" got attacked and when he went to help he got socked in the face.

Cops are skeptical, and it's echoed by Zac's friends.  As one friend put it, "Zac's a loner.  He goes out rarely and the idea of him driving for miles to go to some sushi restaurant in downtown L.A. after midnight is preposterous."

Several of Zac's friends tell us the so-called bodyguard is not a bodyguard at all.  We've confirmed he's a convicted drug dealer who has been spending a lot of time with Zac recently ... despite warnings from friends.

There were a number of reports Zac went to rehab twice last year to kick his cocaine habit.  But sources now tell us ... Zac NEVER went to rehab.  Both times he went to a friend's house outside California and received private therapy --- but that's it.

Zac has lost friends in the last few months because they became frustrated that he was slipping off the rails again.

By the way ... on Thursday we reported what the "bodyguard" told us ... that he was viciously stabbed in the face, chest and stomach by transients.  Law enforcement sources tell us ... when they arrived at the scene the only one bleeding was Zac.  The "bodyguard" was just sitting there texting away.

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46.

Nicole    

Your sources are wrong. He did go to rehab.

I hope he goes back. I don't want to see him die.

187 days ago
47.

Holy moly macaroni     

It's sad that the cute successful ones are ways flawed in such a negative manner. Maybe his friends should get him help instead of just leaving his side at such a difficult time. And where are his parents?! You're never too old to have your parents help you through your s**t days.

187 days ago
48.

Pammy     

I think he's on heroin. Anyone can find blow easily in la without having to go to skid row.

187 days ago
49.

WhenTheBeatDrops εїз     

The sick thing is here and it proves society is doomed do to ignorance is that Justin Bieber was a humble optimistic guy who got ridiculed non stop for shallow reasons for almost 6 years now. His first incident was him smoking weed and everyone went ape ****, but Zac Efrin can do cocaine and everyone feels bad for him and yet people were wishing death upon Justin. That's not right

187 days ago
50.

Ryan    

"Slipping off the rails" or slipping into rails? If he's doing the sh*t, I find it hard to believe he did plug Demi.

187 days ago
51.

Ryan    

Heroin...makes more sense. I always just assume blow. I hope you get back on track Smac Efron.

187 days ago
52.

Roberik 22    

you think? ! It's his life. Stop stalking him.

187 days ago
53.

imdaman    

Thats to bad I hope hes not on drugs he looks like a good guy

187 days ago
54.

Kristinajp    

Where is vanessa Hudgens in all this? I'm divorced and engaged to someone else but my fiance knows and is zupportive5...if my ex relapses I am there 100%.

187 days ago
55.

kbb    

Not an expert detective or anything but couldnt the cops just try to see if he actually HAD gas in his car. Would kind of clear up the lie issue right there.

187 days ago
56.

tmz4uandme    

Smack Efron..lol.

187 days ago
57.

Sillywilly    

Addicts lie. We knew what happened the minute we read skid row, we also knew last time when he 'fell'. Not fooling anyone, Zac. Get help.

187 days ago
58.

Sonny    

Would friends really speak to a gossip site & maybe get payed for it? Dude has crappy friends. If your so worried about him, speak to him & his family, not a gossip site.

187 days ago
59.

weskoastfamily    

Why do people who have a great career in music & film or even sports turn to drug's ? ZAC your a Dummie go do more drug's lol F U C K it.

187 days ago
60.

bkblueknight    

why are they even trying to save face anymore. save the kids life stop trying to clean up his mess.

187 days ago
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