|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 5, 1998
Mona W. Brown|
Popular TV Shows and Movies Receive Prism Awards for
Scientific Accuracy in Showing Tobacco, Alcohol and Drug Abuse
- The "No Smoking" episode of Hang Time which focused on nicotine addiction received the PRISM Award for Television Children's Series Episode or Special.
- A Party of Five trilogy following a character from the point where his loved ones start to realize he has a drinking problem, through their failed intervention, to his finally reaching out for help received the Prism Award in the Television Drama Series category.
- "The Accident," A Moment of Truth Movie, featuring underage drinking and its tragic consequences, was given the Prism Award in the Television Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Series category.
- "Cory Feldman: The E! True Hollywood Story" depicting the young star's addiction, career plummet, and successful recovery, received the PRISM Award in the Television Reality or Talk Show Series Episode or Special category.
- ABC was awarded a Prism in the Community Service Effort category for its March Against Drugs, a month-long comprehensive anti-drug initiative across all programming areas.
- Gridlock'd, the PRISM Award recipient in the Feature Film category, offers a satirical look at the difficulties of entering treatment and recovery programs when a pair of heroin addicts decide to get straight.
- The Larry Stewart Leadership and Inspiration Award, was presented to Stan Lee, chairman of Marvel Studios and Marvel Comics. He received the award in recognition of his efforts to spotlight drug abuse at a time when such issues were anathema to comic book readers. In 1971, he introduced anti-drug messages in a storyline that carried through three consecutive issues of "The Amazing Spider-Man."
- Actress Michelle Lee also received a Stewart Award for her unwavering commitment to curb drug abuse in society. She is a founding board member of EIC and has testified before Congress on the industry's role to use its influence to steer young people away from illegal drug use.
EIC is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 by the entertainment industry to serve as a bridge between the industry and public policy makers on public health and social issues.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health issues. One of the Foundation's primary goals is to reduce the personal, social and economic harm caused by substance abuse.
NIDA, an institute of the National Institutes of Health, supports more than 85 percent of the world's research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. The Institute also carries out a large variety of programs to ensure the rapid dissemination of research information and its implementation on policy and practice.
For more than a decade NIDA has worked closely with the EIC to inform and educate the entertainment industry about issues related to drug abuse and addiction. NIDA recently supported the EIC publication of a special edition of the Spotlight on Depiction of Health and Social Issues which serves as a resource to the entertainment community for accurately portraying drug abuse and addiction. Copies of the publication are available from the NIDA Press Office. Additional information on NIDA research and other activities can be found on the NIDA home page at http://www.nida.nih.gov.
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