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Video: A “Typical Day” in the Life of Three Heroin-Addicted Sisters


A recent Dr. Phil segment follows three young women as they score drugs and shoot up on camera.

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America loves a good, graphic drug story. We can count on Dr. Phil to give us one. A video segment from his TV show of three sisters “in the grips” of heroin addiction is making the rounds on the Interwebs this week. In the video (below), three sisters in their 20s—Valeen, Amanda and Tiffany—allowed Dr. Phil’s cameras to follow them on a typical day as they score heroin and shoot up on film.

Heroin addiction has garnered a lot of heavily sensationalized media attention in the past few years, as overdose rates rise across the country. And the majority of this attention is paid to users who are white and middle class—like the women in this video.

“When we wake up in the morning, the first thing on our minds is to get high,” says Valeen, 27. “We shoot up every single day, five, six, seven times a day.” One has been in jail multiple times on drug charges and another says she turned to prostitution to support her and her sisters’ habit. After a chat with Dr. Phil, the three eventually agree to get treatment in separate rehabilitation programs. We can hardly wait for the follow-up.