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Len Bias' Mom Drug Addiction Is a Disease ... But We Can Beat It

10/19/2015 12:45 AM PDT

Len Bias' Mom Drug Addiction Is a Disease ... But We Can Beat It

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It's been nearly 30 years since NCAA basketball superstar Len Bias died from a cocaine overdose ... just two days after he was selected as the #2 overall pick in the NBA Draft. 

Now, with Lamar Odom fighting for his life in a Vegas hospital, Len's mother, Dr. Lonise Bias, says people must understand that drug addiction is a disease -- and it needs to be treated before it's too late.

Dr. Bias issued a statement to TMZ Sports ... complete with a heartfelt message to Lamar ... and a reality check to the rest of the sports world. 

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