Dr. Phil says the opioid epidemic in America is affecting many families that would not have had drugs in their family a generation ago.

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“There’s a whole new generation of addicts, and a whole new generation of heroin addicts, because people start out with opioids, but they’re very expensive, and so then they switch to heroin, which is cheaper,” Dr. Phil says. 

In the video above, Dr. Phil shares statistics related to opioid prescriptions and abuse. And, he answers questions from the audience.

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On Wednesday’s episode, Dr. Phil meets with three siblings who claim their mother drinks and drives drunk, uses non-prescribed pain pills, and has pulled a gun during a fight. The mom says abusing pills and alcohol is in her past. Watch more here.