July 11, 2005 – Kirstie Alley and Kelly Preston aren’t newcomers to the fight against psychotropic drugs. In April, the two Scientologist actresses pleaded with Florida lawmakers to prohibit schools from denying services to students who refuse to take mood-altering drugs to treat mental disorders.
– Justice Anderson, Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia, quoted at What judges have to say about Scientology
– Source: Hubbard begged for psychiatric help
Their tearful pleas did draw momentary media attention; however, nothing gets the word out like a box-office hunk whose whirlwind romance with a girl almost half his age just happens to coincide with press junkets to support two major summer releases.
Enter Tom Cruise, who has been on a quixotic battle against Ritalin as well as a war with Brooke Shields and her use of Paxil, using his new tabloid status as a means of squashing the opposition, even when it results in an emotionally-charged attack on Today show host Matt Lauer.
Now that Tom has paved the way, Alley and Preston are using the moment to address the issue with a renewed zeal. According to PageSix, the actresses compare Ritalin to cocaine and heroin in a letter they composed to the Food and Drug Administration.”
Parents in particular have been misled about the effects of these drugs, ” the letter warns. “They are highly addictive, and kids are using them more than street drugs to get high.”
The teachings of the Church of Scientology, founded by science-fiction writer and former frustrated psychiatry student L. Ron Hubbard, frown on all forms of psychiatry as well as the use of mind-altering drugs.