Teens and Growing Use of Heroin Investigated on ABC News ’20/20′


“I’m literally just rotting… there’s nothing I can think of that’s good in my life right now,” Ashley, a 21-year-old who smokes as many as 100 hits of heroin a day, tells “20/20″ in a rare look at a largely unknown and growing problem for American families — heroin addiction. The number of addicts in America has nearly doubled since 2007, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. ABC News Anchor Chris Cuomo reports that heroin addiction is not to be dismissed as an inner-city scourge — kids from suburban families are falling victim like never before. Chris Cuomo’s report airs on”20/20,” Friday, October 29 (10:00 – 11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

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Photo Gallery: Elton John and Leon Russell Perform on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’

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Yesterday morning, music legends Elton John and Leon Russell took the stage of the historic Beacon Theater in New York City for a live performance that was aired on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America.’ ABC has graciously provided us with these photos from this momentous event which were are pleased to share with you.

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All photos by Ida Mae Astute/ABC. Photos courtesy of and © ABC. All Rights Reserved.

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Disney Channel DCOM Xtra: The Cast of ‘Avalon High’

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On its official YouTube Channel, Disney Channel has released the following behind-the-scenes featurette which focuses on some of the cast of its upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie, Avalon High, based on the best selling book by Meg Cabot.

Featured in the clip are Britt Robertson (Allie Pennington), Gregg Sulkin (Will Wagner), Joey Pollari (Miles), Devon Graye (Marco), and Steve Valentine (Mr. Moore).

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Gwyneth Paltrow to Make Live Country Music Singing Debut at CMA Awards

In her first-ever appearance at the CMA Awards, Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow will make her live Country Music singing debut on “The 44th Annual CMA Awards,” Wednesday, November 10 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Paltrow performs the title track from her forthcoming feature film, “Country Strong,” and is joined in her CMA Awards performance by legendary singer Vince Gill. RCA Nashville will release the original motion picture soundtrack to “Country Strong” on October 26.

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Mariah Carey Delivers ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ News to Dream Sacrificer

There is no bigger Mariah Carey fan than the talented and charismatic Finis Gaston, a shining star in his own right in his Baker, Florida neighborhood. Imagine his surprise when the music legend came to the small town where he takes care of his niece and nephews. Finis was coaching one of his cheerleading sessions yesterday, Monday, October 18, when Carey announced to the Gaston family that they are the latest recipients of an “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

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New ‘Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa’ Short from Walt Disney Animation Studios to Air December 7

“Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa,” featuring the voice of Betty White as Mrs. Claus, is slated to air Tuesday, December 7 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), during the holiday classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The seven-minute animated short is the second installment from the Emmy Award®-winning franchise “Prep & Landing.” Both specials will also air again on Thursday, December 16.

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Jay Leno and Dr. Phil McGraw to Guest Star on Special Episode of ‘Hannah Montana Forever’

Drew Roy, Jay Leno and Miley Cyrus (DISNEY CHANNEL/ERIC MCCANDLESS)Jay Leno and Dr. Phil McGraw guest star as themselves when international superstar Hannah Montana contemplates removing her blonde wig and telling the world she’s really Miley Stewart, in a one hour episode of “Hannah Montana Forever” premiering Sunday, November 7 (7:30-8:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. It will be available first as part of an episode compilation DVD, “Hannah Montana: Who is Hannah Montana?,” releasing November 2 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

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ABC to Premiere ‘Skating With The Stars’ November 22

You’ve seen what happens when celebrities take on the ballroom, now see what happens when they hit the ice on blades of steel, in “Skating with the Stars.” The new series from BBC Worldwide Productions pairs a celebrity with a world class ice skater as they prepare to compete in front of a live audience in a televised ice skating competition. The skating pairs will be critiqued by a panel of expert judges and will receive a set of scores based on artistry and technique and by viewers at home, with one couple being eliminated each week. “Skating with the Stars” will kick off its six-episode run with a live premiere episode on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

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ABC.com to Premiere ‘Seattle Grace: Message of Hope’ Webisode Series Tonight

Dedicated to expanding its network and channel brands across multiple platforms and connecting viewers with their favorite shows anytime and anywhere, Disney/ABC Television Group announced the debut of ABC.com’s latest season of “Grey’s Anatomy” webisodes.

Sponsored by Carma Laboratories, Inc., whose Carmex® Moisture Plus ultra hydrating lip balm is integrated into the storyline, “Seattle Grace: Message of Hope” consists of six individual mini-episodes, each 2-4 minutes in length, as well as a special behind-the-scenes “Making of Seattle Grace” episode which chronicles the making of “Seattle Grace: Message of Hope.” The first webisode will be available online tonight, October 14, following the broadcast airing of the latest episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.”

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Max’s Life Changes Forever in ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ Season Premiere November 12

In a new, fourth season of wizardly twists and turns, everything is not what it seems, as Alex is tricked into announcing to the world that she and her brothers are wizards, and a duplicating spell goes haywire, changing Max’s life forever. Bailee Madison (“Bridge to Terabithia,” “Brothers”) joins the cast as Maxine, an adorable 10 year-old wizard and Gregg Sulkin (Disney Channel UK’s “As The Bell Rings”) reprises the role of Mason the werewolf in the Emmy Award-winning comedy series “Wizards of Waverly Place.” The season premiere episode will be presented FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12 (9:45-10:15 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.

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