Waylon Jennings formed addictions to many substances, primarily cocaine and amphetamines. Jennings earned a reputation as a partying country musician, but his drug use escalated through the early 1980s to the point of addiction. In addition to using cocaine and amphetamines, Jennings smoked several packs of cigarettes daily.
Although not identifying as a drug addict until the 1980s, Jennings began using cocaine while living in Nashville, Tennessee in the 1960s. His increasing drug dependency through the years nearly terminated his marriage with Jessi Colter and gave Jennings legal trouble. Jennings quit cocaine in the mid-1980s, but continued smoking incessantly. His health remained poor long afterwards, and the musician died of diabetes complications in 2002.