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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 10, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta DID YOU KNOW. If your tiro travelling to Britain via Group or Charter wu can arranye your ground tours, accommodation, for your sightseeing in Britain. Fcr informalion and bookings crtll ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL CENTRE VILLAGE MALL PHONE 328-3201 Herald SKCOND SKCTION Alberta, Thursday, February 10, ]972 PARES 11 TO 22 NOW IN OUR NEW LOCATION CECIL OXENBURY DISPENSING OPTICIANS LTD. 101 PROFESSIONAL BIDG. 740 4lh AVE. S. _ LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA Asl the bar." Liquor, she said, has to some extent taken over as the "thing lo do." Tee agreed, "hi a recent school survey done by the stu- dents, the kids said they used alcohol practically twice as much as they use drugs." Drugs were used much more regularly at the school last year, however, and are still a major part of over all student life. And drugs are perhaps even easier to get at (he school than they were last year, tlio .students said, They said they and their friends usually use marijuana and hashish, because there is less danger of getting poor- quality drugs. The "chemicals" LSD, TCP and others can too easily he mixed with ether drags or various kinds of chemicals, tome of which are poisonous. "You can look at pot and hash and generally know what you're Tee said. "It's a lot harder to he ripped off huying the drugs you can easily recog- nize." Although chemical drags can be cheaper to buy and easier to hide than smoke dope such as marijuana, Gladys said, many students are avoiding chemicals "just because they can freak your mind." Drugs which arc smoked, she said, are not a hazard this way "unless you're stupid enough to stay high every day for a year." The student1; said peer pres- sure usually encourages youths lo turn onto dope for the first time, and Tee added, "after that, it's all their own thing." The sludenls laughed at Lho image conjured by Iheir par- ents of "pushers giving drugs for free so they can get you hooked." "In the first place you can't get hooked on soft drugs, and in the second place, most kids deal with their friends or other students ar.d no one is evn1 forced to do Selma said. guess what Hie group is doing can ba pretty heavy Gladys said. "If your friends are doing dope and jou don't want to and you don't have any self confidence, you feel like you either have to turn on or find another group of friends." She said no one she knew would ever ridicule another youth into using drugs against his or her will. "It's not like adult? who laugh at people who don't want to drink liquor." she said. Many parents wonder if their children take drugs, and some of them have even tried using drugs to sec what feelings their children arc getting, tho stu- dents said. "Parents worry because they're .scared, not knowing what drags really Tee said. "I v.-iuh a few more parents would do seme drugs to see what it's really all about. "Same parents seem to think that if their kids are using drugs it means they're also into heroin and that's really silly. I know there are hard drags around, but they have nothing to do with the soft stuff. ''The kids who do drugs are with it enough to know how easily they could blow their minds pErmancntly on Tee said. "I imagine the kids also know better what harm drugstore dope like the tranquilizers their parents use can do to people." The three said all their par- ents were understanding about drugs, and they'd been able ta "sit down with them and talk about it calmly." "My parents don't complete- ly agree with me, but at least they're trying to Gladys said. "And they don't threaten me with all the gar- bage they've read about drugs in the scare magazines." The students said they are convinced a drag crisis centre is needed in Lethbridge. "As long as dope is illegal, there'll IK kid5 who freak out either on duly dope or because they're hassled out of their minds by Tee said. "I think it should be for all kinds of crises, though, not just Sehna said. "There are always kids who want to com- mit suicide or are being driven a1.1, ay fi'vm their parents or somelhing. "Depression i-, a hard trip to pt' back from if you can't even ta'k to yuir parents." They said the crisis centre sh'jiihi be run or federally, and should be able to provide for all types of emer- gencies. i! needs sympathetic people who have used drugs themselves and understand th9 young scene." Tee said. "And most of all, whatever lakes place there has to bo completely confidential. The in- formation has to classified, even from parents and they're usually most of the cause for the crisis." FRIDAY: Catholic Central. seek ure Cot Jchn Boras, lawvcr and for- m i d f imu u nounced today ho will stand for (he Lfilhbridge F e d oral Liberal ti i i nomtn i Jn i" i 1 oh m loci! il] be tho Ijcsl they've ever IK si id Lot is th" I b i il Lit di dale in the 1SWJ election and runner up in a four way coir tf st won by C o n s e rvative (iundlork. ''I verv confident llutl the Trti- government will re- turned to power, The Lelhbridpft Liberals ex- ecutive will meet Feb. 21 and set a date for an annual meet- ling, (o be followed by a nomi- nating mee! ing. said constitu- ency president Bill Olnfsou. While Mr. Boras is the only Liberal ccntcsUnl to declare himself to date, Olafscn said the Liberal nomination will "definitely be a contest." In the Liberals in the Lctlibrid.ee riding held the larg- est nominal ing convention in liktory, with six contestants for the local party nod. MacKasey in city Bryce Mackasey, the new federal manpower and immi- gration minister will briefly visit .southern Allwrta Friday. The former labor minister is expected to touch down at Letli- i bridge Kcnyon Field airport 1 p.m., attend n short press con- ference and fly !o Pincher Creek. From there be will travel to Colemaji Collieries in the Crows- nest Pass area and then meet with union leaders and the pub- lic