This is the dramatic moment Fair City's Ellie (12) takes pills overdose in controversial storyline
This is the moment the controversial drugs story takes a serious turn for the worst on Fair City.
Viewers have been watching in horror as Heather [played by Una Kavanagh] drugs her young daughter to get the attention of local doctor Shane.
The story takes a more sinister twist after Ellie [Susie Power-Heather] winds up in hospital after an overdose.
Twisted mum Heather has been secretly giving her daughter dangerous amounts of prescription tablets over the past four weeks, culminating in tonight's dramatic scenes.
An RTE spokeswoman told the Herald that even though Heather only returned to Carrigstown in October she didn't waste any time in making her mark.
"Things took a more sinister turn on New Year's Eve, when Heather started drugging Ellie's food for her own gain," she said.
"Tonight, viewers will be gripped when things take a turn for the worst and Ellie finds herself in grave danger after she swallows painkiller tablets she finds in Heather's bag."
The young girl (12) walks in on her mum crushing tablets into her food, with Heather claiming that it's just medicine to help Ellie feel better.
"Heather insists that Ellie eats her food, before leaving her alone to go down and help Hughie behind the bar - despite Ellie complaining of tummy pain," said the spokeswoman.
"A little while later, while Ellie is alone, the pain in her stomach gets worse.
"She finds the pack of tablets in Heather's bag and takes two more, hoping it will help the pain.
"Shortly afterwards, Renee pops upstairs to check on Ellie and finds her unconscious."
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