MTV and Ryan Edwards are facing some harsh criticism.
On Monday’s episode, Ryan can be seen in a dash cam video looking visibly dazed as he drives his fiancée Mackenzie Standifer to their elopement.
Mackenzie looks worried and tapped Ryan several times to get him to focus on the road.
She even takes the wheel from the passenger side at one point.
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Finally, Mackenzie turns off the camera (but the audio was still rolling) and asks Ryan if he’s taken a Xanax that day.
“Did you take Xanax again?” she asked. “Um, I don’t … I don’t have any,” he said. “You did,” she replied.
“I put that on my kid’s life,” he said, referencing his son Bentley, who he shares with Teen Mom OG star Maci Bookout.
People immediately reacted on social media, asking MTV why they didn’t intervene.
MTV responded and basically said they didn’t know what was going on. “MTV does not condone driving under the influence,” an MTV spokesperson said in a statement obtained by People.
“Ryan’s erratic behavior was due to actions that he took without anyone’s prior knowledge.”
Maci has spoken out on Teen Mom OG about her concerns over Ryan and his substance abuse.
"I’m just sick of cleaning up his mess,” she said in an episode in May. “I get tired of dealing with the sh-t. Just being the only one that f-king sees everything and cares.
I talk to [my husband] Taylor about it like, ‘I wonder if today’s going to be the day that Ryan does something that he can’t come back from?'"
She also said that she feels like people around Ryan are too afraid to admit that he has a problem.
Xanax, also known as alprazolam, is a sedative that’s used to treat anxiety and panic disorders.
However, the drug can be addictive and it’s fairly easy to abuse.
Women’s health expert Jennifer Wider, M.D., says it’s really not a good idea to take Xanax while driving because it can make a person feel lightheaded, drowsy, and dizzy.
The drug is designed to produce a calming effect on the central nervous system, which you need to use to drive. So, yeah, not a good idea.
Wider points out that Xanax clearly comes with a warning that tells people not to drive, operate machinery, or perform any activity that requires them to be alert.
People are also warned to avoid alcohol while taking Xanax, since it can make the side effects worse.
Ryan checked into a 30-day rehab facility after this happened and, per In Touch, is now out and looking healthy.