EastEnders Drug Addiction Storyline Sparks Controversy

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According to The Sun newspaper, the BBC has received over 200 complaints about the EastEnders drug addiction storyline involving Steve McFadden’s character, Phil Mitchell. 

In scenes that were broadcast before the 9pm watershed on Monday night, viewers saw Phil Mitchell and Rainie Cross, taking crack cocaine through a pipe, after Phil was kicked out of the Queen Vic for attacking his mum Peggy.

In defence of the storyline, the BBC stated: "EastEnders has a history of tackling social issues and this drugs storyline follows that tradition. We acknowledge that some viewers may consider this storyline challenging, however EastEnders in no way – and at no point – glamorises or condones the use of drugs, and furthermore we took great care to avoid any demonstration on how to prepare or take drugs."

It continued: "We feel that Phil’s decline will highlight the destructive nature of drugs, and rather than encourage drug use, will act as a deterrent. We worked closely with drug and alcohol charities, including Addaction and DrugScope, throughout the editorial process to ensure that we handled the storyline accurately and sensitively. 

The statement went on to say that care was taken to warn viewer’s about the episode’s content through "programme publicity and billings".

Anyway guys, the hard-hitting drug addiction storyline is set to continue, as Phil’s life spirals out of control. But what do you think, were the scenes on Monday night’s episode of ‘Enders inappropriate? Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment.

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One Response to EastEnders Drug Addiction Storyline Sparks Controversy

  1. liam says:

    i enjoyed eastender, i was crying with joy and fear as iv seen my loved ones act just the same as phil did but my tears of joy were for eastenders to act something whitch is infact real life for some people..carry on eastenders open peoples eye skeza

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