Picks and Pans Review: Desperate Lives

updated 03/08/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/08/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (9-11 p.m. ET)

High school counselor Diana (Mommie Dearest) Scarwid tackles campus drug abuse when a promising student, Doug (On Golden Pond) McKeon, drifts into dealing. This earnest TV movie illuminates some difficult questions, but its contrived climax blows smoke at a real problem.

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