Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Thursday, August LETHBRIOGE Herald- Family Parents Anonymous reduces child abuse EDMONTON (CP) A woman boasted at a recent Parents Anonymous meeting about playing with her children for 20 minutes that day. "That woman had never played with her children before. All her friends at the meeting were cheering and yelling for said Margaret Morrison, the woman who helped set up the first Parents Anonymous group. Parents Anonymous is a self-help group for people who abuse their children either verbally or physically. It's run on the same basic principles as Alcoholics Anonymous where people meet to talk about their problems, share solutions and support one another in their efforts to change. Working as a nurse two years ago, Mrs. Morrison, from Burlington, Ont., began pressure to have the child abuse issue in- cluded in medical and nursing training. "At one meeting, someone asked why, since I'd been talking so much about the problem, didn't I do something about it- like put my phone number in the paper and see how many people need help." More than 50 calls resulted and two months later, in May, 1972, the first Cana- dian Parents Anonymous group was formed. Combatting already-existing child abuse is her first priority but Mrs. Morrison said parent education is important. "I'm really shocked at how unprepared people are to raise children. When we talk to high school kids, I'm horrified at the ex- pectations some of them have of children." Teaching people what they can reasonably expect children to do and about how they develop is one answer to the problem, she said. "It's best to show them, like having someone there to help them learn how to handle their children." In Ontario lay therapists work with the parents in the home "almost to the exclu- sion of the Mrs. Morrison said. "The therapists have to get involved, so the parents can have a caring relationship with someone, and learn by example. Some of these people never really had parents or iove before." Her Parents Anonymous group also runs a 24-hour phone system where parents can call when they are having difficulty coping with their children. "The phones are in members' own homes, so it's personal and private, v.nd they can hear your kids yelling in the background so they know you understand. "For some people, PA is not enough, but if they can get a touch of trusting feeling through PA, maybe they can learn to trust someone else who can help them." The Edmonton Parents Anonymous group, one of 12 across Canada, averages five to 15 parents who have been meeting for rap sessions since it was formed about 18 months ago. Mrs. Morrison was in Edmonton tc speak about the organization tc professionals who handle child abuse cases. Lethbridge vineyards prosper Seventeen years of hard work have resulted in a yearly crop of Concord-like grapes for Maria Rossetti of Lethbridge. The harvest of wine and jam making grapes yields approximately 70 to 80 pounds each fall. Mrs. Rossetti and her, husband, Luigi, keep the vines from being destroyed in the harsh winters by burying them underground, and lifting them out again each spring. Drugs sought as cure-all by many Canadian families THE BETTER HALF OTTAWA (CP) There is growing evidence that more and more Canadians are rely- ing on drugs to "cure" whatever ails them. A Canadian Pharmaceutical Association survey shows that in 1972 about 91 million prescriptions were sold to the country's 22 million people. This was almost 10 million more prescriptions than were sold in 1970. The federal health depart- ment reports that valium, a mild tranquilizer, has replac- ed analgesics as the leading cause of accidental drug- poisoning in children. This did not necessarily mean overuse of the drug but it did show valium was readily found in family medicine cabinets. Longer life spans may be one factor in increased drug use, said Dr. A. B. Morrison, deputy minister of the federal health protection branch. Older people often suffer from chronic disorders that re- quire long-term drug treatment. A growing trend toward use of mood-altering drugs may be justified because more and more people are unable to cope with stress, he said. "We're a chemically oriented society. People think they can swallow a pill and their problems will dis- appear." Montreal physician Murray Katz blamed increasing drug use on over-prescribing by doctors. He cited dispensing diet pills to fat people instead of sending them to a dietician as an example. "In many cases the doctor- patient relationship has been reduced to prescribing pills." Dr. Morrison agreed: "The patient demands a drug; otherwise he feels the doctor isn't doing a good job." 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Whenever a drug is used there is a trade-off between positive and negative effects because other parts of the body besides the area to be treated are affected. Dr. Katz worried that physicians rely too much for information on drug company salesmen whose primary concern is selling. "To sell his product the drug manufacturer must con- vince not the user of the product the patient but the prescriber the he said. Dr. Katz said he would like to see all drug advertising banned. Data should be presented objectively by scientists at conferences and seminars, without "nudes and Canada geese" in their adver- tisements. Dr. Morrison agreed that there is "a real deficit" in drug therapy education. But he said there is some value in the information supplied by drug companies. "The Canadian drug supply is one of the safest in the world." Under terms of the Food and Drug Act prescrip- tion drugs may be advertised only to medical professionals. Manufacturers must submit extensive information about a new drug to the health depart- ment before they receive a note of compliance. If the health protection branch's screening program monitors extensive use or abuse of a drug or shows it go- ing to the black market, the drug is reclassified for tighter control. WeeWhimsv Speckman Send your cnM'iauoieitontPtNt By Barnes Baby baptized despite protests "We'll be a little late. Herb Harriet is still trying to decide which of the things she hasn't got that she's going to wear Ann Landers Dear Ann Landers: I read your recent article in Prism magazine with great interest. Unfortunately, you are correct when you say physicians frequently fail to give enough time to patients who need to be listened to. In self defense, I would like to point out a few facts that make it virtually impossible for most doctors to "listen." The average doctor works between SO and 70 hours a week. Ten to 15 hours a week are spent on a deluge of paperwork, foisted on us by various government agencies, insurance carriers, attorneys, etc. The increased demands on the doctor to see the sick have forced him into "assembly- line medicine" which goes against his ethical standards. Most of us are resentful and hostile to the regulations being imposed on us by government agencies that view us as money-hungry, uninterested and often incompetent. This harassment leads to a deterioration of the doctor-patient relationship. As your poll and other polls have shown, the vast majority of patients n r i v i n g g o i t p i a i n g vacationing money-machines. I would be happy to spend an additional 15 hours a week with puticr.li rk-oJ I" be listened to. but there is a limit to the physical endurance of any man. So long as we are tier) up in this of STtr.n> possibl> be the Sir (ialahad Albert Schweitzer and Marcus Welby" you wish we were. Anthony J. Croce, M.D. Of N.J. Dear Mr. Croce: I agree, the load of paperwork forced on physicians today is outrageous. Moreover, as you say. it devours valuable time that could be better spent taking care of sick people. I wish I had some answers, but alas, I have none. Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross, Blue Shield and other insurance plans are here to stay and the paperwork will most assuredly go on. It's one of the built-in curses that comes with social change and bureaucracy. Not all doctors are as dedicated as you, however. Some do NOT give the patient one extra minute and don't feel that they should. (I hear plenty about them from my readers.) But please know I'm in there pitching for the thousands of fine physicians who are doing a wonderful job under extremely difficult circumstances. Their patients adore them. Dear Ann Landers: May I respond to "Sick at Heart" (and not too whose heart aches for a sister who is losing her husband to the office sexpot? She said, "Sis is intelligent and attractive, an immaculate housekeeper, a great cook, an example of motherhood's truest flower. She even shines her husband's age allowed LETHBRIDGE DISTRICT OLDTIMERS' PEMMICANCLUB Annual Picnic to be he'd August 25th at Belly River Camp Ground. Bus will leave Club Rooms on 9th St. S., at 9 a.m. Sha-p. But fare per person. Each passenger to provide own refreshment sufficient for two lunches. Reservation must be made not later than 6 p.m Friday, Aug. 23rd by contacting Mrs. B. Sc- at 327-2624.