Home and Away spoilers follow.
Justin Morgan's addiction to painkillers is escalating this week on Home and Away in Australia, leading to him sacking Ziggy Astoni.
We have seen Justin (James Stewart) grow dependent on drugs recently after a surfing injury left him in considerable pain. But his addiction is starting to have devastating effects on his mental state and his behaviour is affecting those around him, too.
In scenes that will air this week in Australia, and in early July on Channel 5 in the UK, Ziggy (Sophie Dillman) starts seeing that there is something going on with her boss.
When she tries to approach the matter with him, Justin flies off the handle and fires her on the spot.
What Ziggy doesn't know is that Justin is experiencing tension with Leah (Ada Nicodemou) as well because of his addiction.
As the drugs slowly consume him, the situation becomes enough for Leah when she finds her partner's secret stash of pills.
She demands an answer from him about what is going on, but she doesn't buy his excuses and feels like she is losing him.
In an interview with TV Week, actor Stewart said: "Justin is caught out – he's like a deer in the headlights.
"He has to think quickly to keep his stash or lose it."
The pair have it out once more, and when Justin loses his cool, he shoves all his supply of drugs down the sink in an attempt to keep Leah.
But when she flees after his outbursts, he doesn't go after her, instead heading back to the bathroom trying to retrieve some of the crushed-up medication.
"We can all acknowledge he needs to take responsibility for his actions and try to find his way out of this," added James.
But will he? And who else is going to get hurt in the process?
Home and Away airs weekdays at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5 (UK) and Mondays to Thursdays at 7pm on Channel 7 (Australia). Selected classic episodes are available via Amazon Prime Video in the UK.
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