The following article was excerpted from the May 13, 1970
issue of the
New York Times
Odyssey Addicts to Assist TV
Program on Narcotics
by Fred Ferretti
A daytime serial on the American Broadcasting Company will become the
scheduled program to heed a White House request, made last month, to use
entertainment to carry a warning on narcotics use to viewers.
"One Life To Live," broadcast over ABC's network daily at 2:30 PM eastern
begin taping actual group therapy sessions of teen-age addicts at Odyssey
House in New
York. These will be edited and integrated into the regular programs,
.... Initially, an actress will sit in on the sessions, then will take
part in them," Dr. Judianne
"Our residents know she is an actress. There are no games, no tricks.
For them it will be
another way of facing reality, knowing they'll be on television."
The idea of using real addicts in a television program belongs to Mrs.
Agnes Nixon, creater
of "One Life To Live" and other daytime serials. She said in
Philadelphia yesterday that "it
was a natural outgrowth of our program."
A character named Cathy Craig, she said, is a girl "whose father is a
doctor, and the girl
has experimented with pills. Last January, she stole her father's
prescription blanks to get
speed. She has a bad trip and her father persuades her to go to Odyssey
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