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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 2, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta .Monday, April 2, THE lETHBRIDGE HERAID 7 Regional office in Lethbridge? Drug Commission chairman confident program will grow By GREG McINTYRE Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON A genial, ci- garette smoking, 35-year old Edmonton lawyer on March 1 became the first full-time chair- man of the fledgling Alberta Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Con? mission. The commission, formed in 1970 to succeed the Alberta Al- coho'ism Foundation, has had a brief history marked by fits and starts and high staff turn- over Richard Anthony, chief pros- ecutor in Edmonton from Aug- ust 1966 until taking over top job with the commission, fore- casts a period now of smooth expansion. Mr Anthony, the son of a Royal Canadian Mounted Po- lice assistant commissioner who obtained a bachelor of arts de- gree in psychology and a law degree from the University of Alberta, is confident the million commmissioiM budget this year Up 30.5 per cent from last year is adequate to do the job. He doesn't cast covetous eyes on the more than million the provincial government made from the sale of beer and li- quor last year. "We wouldn't know what to do with that much he said in an interview in his main floor office in the modestly fur- nished two-storey commission office on 103 street here. "I don't think there's been real restriction in the com- mission budget If there has been a worthwhile program, the government has always sup- ported it. "I'm encouraged this is get- ting top priority consideration from our he said. The aim of the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Commission is to co-ordinate and promote pre- vents ive and rehabilitative ser- vices for people dependent on alcohol and .other drugs. The commission got into the treatment of heroin addicts in January 1972 when it took over the clinic that had been estab- lished in Edmonton by the con- troversial Dr. David Craig. A civil rights battle has sur- rounded the police action taken against Dr. Craig. Mr Anthony had no com- ment on the Craig case, other than to say that Dr Craig does not have any connection with the commission. The new chairman said he does not nave any personal philosophy about drugs. He dis- missed with a shrug a question about whether he'd favor the legalization of marijuana part of the Le Dain report the federal vernment is expected to consider sometime this year. "If the federal government legalized marijuana, we'd just have to live with said Mr. Anthony. "I really haven't given much thought to worting out a per- philosophy about drugs." Like his previous job as chief crown prosecutor, Mr. Anthony said his current job is mainly administrative. As a crown lawyer, he said much of Ms time WM spent working with various agencies, ander the auspices of the at- torney-general's department, to development programs to re- habilitate people convicted by ttw courts. Many tf tbt programs tot those dealt with by the courts were "pretty elaborate" and developed on an individual basis, he said. One of the programs was edu- cation for impaired drivers which started in Edmonton in 1968 and in Lethbridge less than a year ago. The major portion of the in- crease in the commission bud- get this year will go to detoxifi- cation centres to be established in Calgary and Edmonton a June. The commission provides in and out-patient treatment as well as education, professional training, community resource development and research. Out-patient services are avail- able in Edmonton and Calgary with smaller clinics at Leth- bridge and Red Deer. At a centre called Kenwood just north of Edmon- ton the commission runs a 28-day in-patient service for al- coholics and a limited number of other drug users, one-week drug education courses for com- munity leaders and profession- als, facilities for nurses train- ing and other services. Alcoholism counselling is pro- vided to the Lethbridge Cor- rectional Institute, Spy Hill Continued on Page 8 RICHARD ANTHONY ON ALL OUR 1973 EXECUTIVE DRIVEN DEMONSTRATORS STOCK NO. 1973 CHRYSLER NEW YORKER BROUGHAM 4-DOOft SEDAN 440 4 barrel automatic, 50-50 split seats, w.s.w., tinted glass, dual mirrors, auto- matic temp air conditioning, power left seat, power deck release, radio and rear weaker, vinyl roof, power windows, ap- proximately miles, plus many more options. list DEMO SAVINGS STOCK NO. 3305 1973 VALIANT SCAMP 2 DOOR H.T., 318 automatic, w.s.w.. 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