Drug addiction plot for EastEnders Phil

EastEnders hard man Phil Mitchell is to develop an addiction to crack cocaine.

Viewers will see the mechanic, played by Steve McFadden, spiral into depression and get hooked on the drug this summer.

A Walford spokeswoman told the Mirror: "EastEnders has a history of tackling social issues, the forthcoming storyline featuring Phil Mitchell and his drug misuse is another such issue."

She added: "Viewers will see Phil try to self destruct when he loses the things in life he loves most."

Phil, who already struggles with alcoholism, faces the prospect of losing his son Ben and daughter Louise. Insiders promise his new storyline, set to air later this summer, will be "shocking, powerful and dramatic".

The show insisted: "At no point will viewers see Phil take drugs and we're mindful as always of ensuring the episodes are suitable for the audience tuning in at that time. We are working closely with drug and alcohol charities, including Addaction and DrugScope to make sure that we sensitively reflect this difficult issue."

DrugScope chief executive Martin Barnes added: "If EastEnders can sensitively reflect the impact that drug use has on Phil, his family and friends then it could really help people understand some of the issues many families go through in real life. Despite often negative stereotyping of drug users, serious drug problems can affect anyone, regardless of their class or background."

Source - MSN

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