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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 15, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Alcohol continues curse on society OTTAWA followed closely by continues to curse frequently leading to the use of other non-medical the Le Dain commission reiterated Friday. long as their use contin- ues to spread in all age groups there is little hope of being able to develop a general cli- mate of restraint with respect to non-medical The tabled in the Commons by Health Minister Marc was the fourth and final one from the com- mission appointed in 1969 by then health minister John Uunro. Friday's statement on alcohol and tobacco was con- sistent with the commission's new in its first in 1970. and is likely to Canada's most lerious non-medical drug use From almost any of the effects of he excessive use of alcohol ire more harmful than those if any other form of non- nedical The commission expressed concern about society's ipparent espe- to alcohol. A factor that had to be con- was the amount of revenue that government generates from alcohol taxes. prohibi- tion had proved that people are willing to flout the law in their search for a thirst and tension quencher. REJECTS TAX The commission rejects the argument that taxation could be used to facilitate the sale of the beverages such as beer. beer and wine may be used to it notes. Tobacco is described as a serious public health problem and a leading contributor to disease and premature death. use itself does not generally lead to injury to third as in the case of nor does it cause psy- chological damage. But it creates a serious risk of physi- cal harm and substantially in- creased mortality rates in heavy The commission says about 40 per cent of Canadians over the age of 15 smoke regularly This represented a slight reduction in the but not in the number of heavy smokers. Over-indulgence in alcohol or tobacco is often a step along the road to dependence on other the commis- sion says. plays a significant background role in most de- pendent drug including the use of the opiate narcotics as heroin and It also frequently becomes the alternative or substitute for other forms of harmful drug use. For in many of the cases in which there is an apparent cure of opiate the user turns to the excessive use of sometimes with even more deleterious conse- gener- ally was closely associated with the use of alcohol as well as marijuana and other drugs. As well as alcohol and to- the commission says there has been an apparent in- crease in the non-medical use of other especially barbiturates and tran- quilizers. drugs vary con- siderably in their potential for but ail have the capaci- ty to produce and certain of them have signifi- cant potential for physical toxicity and death by over- dose. SAND GRAVEL lASPHALT UOLLESTRUP SAND and GRAVEL Construction Co. Ltd. PHONE Dissenting views keep drug controversy alive By DOUG SMALL OTTAWA Dissenting views by two members of the Le Dam com- mission have again underlined the continuing controversy This Christmas gin oi immorlM with book OF THE Written by John C Charyk of Hanna Land published by the Western Producer of Saskatoon. per copy. This warm and nostalgic relates the experiences ol attending a country school The book Is an appropriate one tor as among the stories Included there are some excitement of preparing lor and participating the Annual Christmas Tree and Concert of reminiscences of attending a one-room rural true meaning of Christmas A wonderful gift lor the senior on your list Available locally HOUSE OF BOOKS 319 8th Street Lethbridge over the proper way of handl- ing the drug issue. The five commission mem- bers studying the non-medical use of drugs agreed in a final report Friday that hard drug use should be controlled and reduced. But two express opposite ideas on methods aimed at ac- complishing those ends A Montreal criminology Marie-Andree recommends in a minority section of the page report that all criminal of fences be ended for posses- sion of any including opiates like heroin. She urges establishment of a permanent commission to supervise the medical use of drugs and watchful sur- veillance over aspects of the importation and manufac- ture of drugs for medical pur- poses Ian L dean of arts at Sir George Williams University in takes a tougher approach. The 46-year-old professor recommends that possession of heroin and other DO AS WEI EARLY-IN-THE-WEEK TURKEYS Lilydale Graded A 20 Ibs. and over Ib. 79 0 HAMS Whole fully cooked Ib. 1 opiates be illegal and that the use of such drugs be made an as well. SHOULD BE SENTENCED People convicted of unauth- orized use should receive con- victions of one to three years but be entitled to parole if they promise to refrain from using hard to give blood and urine samples to prove they to dissociate themselves from other users and to accept or other appropriate care Dr Campbell goes on to rec- ommend that multiple drug ol fenders be liable to terms of two to five years if they are not dependent on the drugs. But for those who he urges indefinite jail sentences and forced acceptance of methadone substitute for they reject or break parole con- ditions. On the other hand. Dr. Campbell agrees with Miss Bertrand that the federal government cooperate with provinces to help establish a lull range of treatment facilities for hard-drug users. Miss who has dis- sented with each of the three previous commission argues that laws prohibiting possession of drugs have done nothing to lessen usage. State expenditures on ap- prehension and conviction of hard-drug users is simply not justified by the results ob- tained Miss Bertrand argues that the availability of hard demerol. methadone and clinics would drain two-thirds of the business from illicit drug markets She adds that tax evasion tines and penalties be imposed to curb large-scale impor- manufacture and dis- tribution of drugs and that criminal law penalties against such offences be reassessed in order to fit punishment with the real potential for harm of the various drugs. Departure Gerald Le chair- man of the commission looking into the non-med- ical use of drugs leaves the in whi- ch he briefed reporters Friday in Ottawa. 'Parent example important' OTTAWA Warm and happy parents a good combination of affection and diminish sig- nificantly the prospects of fu- ture drug says the fourth and final report of the Le Dam inquiry into the non- medical use of tabled Friday in the Commons by Health Minister Marc Lalonde. There is no the report that children are in- fluenced strongly by the im- portance their parents attach to drugs. parents show that they rely on drugs to relieve dis- comfort and to change their how can they expect their children not to follow their doubt there are ex- ceptional cases- where children may become so dis- gusted by the effect of drug use on their parents that they are turned off it for good. ALSO ALCOHOLICS studies show that the children of alcoholics are more likely to become alcoholics and that the children of parents who make extensive use of prescription and other drugs are at greater risk to drug use than the children of parents who do not Parental influence was tound by the Le Dain commis- sion to be one of several domi- nant themes in why people in- dulge in the non-medical use of drugs. Another was that excessive users basically are masochis- do not like them- selves and they seek escape from this pain in the oblivion of PORK CHOPS Rib and end cuts. Ib SPARERIBS Jollo Jolly Powdars Q 3 oz for Oranges Nabob Instant Coffoo jar Onions and Radlshos 2 Roynolds .Foil Heavy duty Hoarta Old Dutch Potato Chips O Tripack Liquid Datorgont 2-24 oz NOTICE Oeaan Spray Cranberry Saueo Whole or jelly 0 tine I y In effect till Dec. 18. We reserve the right to limit quantities. CURRIES FOODS 1516 -9th Ave. S. Between Hospitals. Open every Day Including Sundays. CHRISTMAS SEASON HOURS December 22 City Hall will remain open and all Depart- ments will operate on a regular basis. December 24 December 25 December 26 City Hall will be closed and all other Departments will not operate. All essential services will operate throughout the Christmas Season on a regular basis. JOHN GERLA City Clerk Citizens resist short-cut traffic cnMkv TORONTO mined to keep car traffic out of residential 54 citizen groups in city neighborhoods are demanding ban-the-car one-way street systems and are even setting up barricades. Cars driven by commuters seeking short cuts through residential streets to down- town are the common enemy of the groups that have prevailed upon city council to enact anti-car bylaws for five of the neighborhoods. Bill Toronto's director of traffic says council has designated five of the 54 areas for restricted traffic and many other requests are being considered. One of the most ingenious methods of discouraging through traffic has been devis- -ed by residents on the northwest fringe of the University of Toronto cam- Sussex Ave. Ulster St. residents group. Their plan has resulted in a one-way street system that changes the direction of traf- fic on the narrow roads at every block. Drivers from out- side the neighborhood are con- tounded by the resulting labyrinth that forces them to change direction at every block and they quickly return to the main arteries. Mr Mitchelson said that 26 of the 54 neighborhoods have made proposals to council for similar plans to fight traffic congestion. The movement has spread quickly to many he said. The first such move came three weeks when residents of the Moore Park area took ac- tion. Moore a well-to-do decided to fight the overflow from a nearby expressway and other four- lane thoroughfares After stop signs in abun- radar reduced speed limits and flashing lights did little to deter traf- residents sought legislative recourse and found city council receptive to their plans for creating five dead- end streets residents prefer to call The cul-de-sac streets were created by setting up artificial bancades. restricted turn areas and reduced parking privileges. More stop signs were also introduced as a result of council's approval of a nine-month trial plan that originated with residents in ttie Now that other neighborhoods are starting to follow the example of Moore complaints have come from individual commuters and some transportation including the Toronto Transit which leared disruption of its schedules. But Aid. Colin Vaughan de- fends the Moore Park ratepa- yers and others trying to emu- late them. Keep Christ in Christmas Block Realty Ltd. FLORIDA-DISNEY WORLD TOUR-Jan. 12 Iransportation and accommodation Washington D C Cape Kennedy Space Fort Lauderdale. Miami Beach Disney World. New Orleans. Phoenix Las Veaas lOSMteLoft Palm Springs Tour Feb. 9 and March 2 16 days transportation and accomodation San Francisco Fisherman's Knotts Berry Farm Disneyland Palm Springs. 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