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Kelly Preston: Cruise Has A Point

In the new family film "Sky High," Kelly Preston plays a modern-day mom who also happens to be a superhero. Her main problem is that her son doesn't think he has any power, which is hard on her superhero husband, played by Kurt Russell.

In real life, Preston has said that if she really did have superpowers, she would end world hunger and also stop the "drugging of children." So, during her interview Friday on The Early Show, co-anchor Hannah Storm asked her what she means by that.

"There are over 8 million kids being drugged today," said the actress. "The rates are going up at such an alarming level, if they keep going up, in 10 years, 40 million of our kids will be on these drugs.

"Something is going on here. I just want parents to have all the information, because it's become so public in the last month."

With Tom Cruise?

"Yeah, being so vocal," Preston said of her fellow Scientologist. "Really, it is on the forefront of everybody; it is a topic of conversation. But the FDA, since this time, has issued two warnings that these drugs cause suicides, violence... and that they need to do a lot more studies and have more severe warnings."

When Storm pointed out that Cruise has taken a lot of heat for his position on drugs, Preston replied evenly, "He's got an lot of support, though, too."

Since they are both Scientologists, does Preston feel that Cruise has furthered the cause?

"It doesn't matter what your religion is. It doesn't really matter," said Preston. "It affects all of us, because it affects our kids. So it is wonderful that, you know, if he's a Scientologist, he's speaking out. I happen to be a Scientologist, but I've got friends who are Jewish, Christian, Baptist. It doesn't really matter."

But, Storm wanted to know, does Preston understand why some parents are upset by such an anti-drug stand? That many parents feel these drugs help their children?

"As long as you can make an informed decision, because I've talked to parents who lost their kids, too. Quite a few of them. Or the last eight school shooters were on these drugs," the actress replied. "It just needs to be explored far more. I think it is just as important to give parents all the information, not just the information from the industry that benefits from drugging the kids."