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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 10, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta DID YOU KNOW. If your cuo travelling lo Briltiin via Group or Charier wu can arramjo your ground lours, otcpmmodalion, for your sightseeing in Drilain. Fcr informnlion ond bookings cnll ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL CENTRE VILLAGE MALL 328-3201 Herald SIOCOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alrjcrla, 'I'linrsdny, Kcbntary 10, B72 lJArJE.S 11 'J'O 2'i NOW IN OUR NEW LOCATION CECIL OXENBURY DISPENSING OPTICIANS LTD. 101 PROFESSIONAL CIDG. 740 1th AVE. 5. LCTHBTilDGE, ALBERTA Ask nbout Phologray IN.- (en-, ihcl changes the lirjht. Second of four articles Half of students use worry about it too much Drugs are used regularly by about 50 per cent of I he stu- dents at Winston Churchill High School, according to students from the school. Tiic Churchill Gladys and Sclma were in- UTvieucd by The Herald as part of a study ot the student viewpoint of the LellibridGo drug scene. "The novelly of drugs has worn off to a certain extent." Kclma said '-Now for some kids, the Ibing lo do is to try as 111 years old and inli) the iiar." Liquor, she said, has to some extent taken over as the "thing to do." Tee agreed, "hi a recent school survey done by the stu- dents, the kids said Ihey used alcohol practically twice as much as Ihey use drugs." Drugs were used much more regularly al the school last year, however, and are still a major part of over all student lite. And dniRS perhaps even easier lo gel at Ihc school than they were last year, tho .students said, They said Ihey and their friends usually use marijuana and hashish, Because Ihere is less danger of gelling poor- quality drugs. The "chemicals" LSD, TCP and olhcrs can loo easily be mixed with ether drugs or various kinds of chemicals, some of which are poisonous. "You can look at pot and hash and generally know what you're gelling." Tec said. "It's a lol harder to he ripped oft buying the drugs you can easily recog- nize." AHliough chemical drugs can be dieunor to buy and easier In hide Ihan smoke dope such ns marijuana, Gladys said, mam- students are avoiding chemicals "just Idealise they can freak your mind." Drugs which arc smoked, she said, are not a hazard this way "unless you're stupid enough lo stay high every' day lor a year." The students said peer pres- sure usually encourages youllis lo turn onto dope for the first time, and Tee added, "after lhat, it's all their own The students laughed at Liu image conjured hy their par- ents of "pushers giving away drugs for free so they can get ion hooked." "In the first place you can't got hooked on soft drugs, and in lile second place, most kids deal uith thc-ir fricrds or other students ard no on? is cvrr forced lo do Selma said. "f guess what the group is doing can bu pretty heavy Gladys said. "If your friends arc doing dope and jou don't want lo and you don't have any self confidence, you led like you cither have lo turn on or find another group of friends.'' Khe said no one she would ever ridicule another youlli into using drugs against Ins or her will. "It's not like adulU who laugh at people who don't want lo drink liquor." she said. Many paroair, wonder it their children lake drugs, and some of Ihem have even tried using drugs lo sec what feelings their children are getting, the slu- dcnts said. "Parenl-s worry because they're scared, not what drugs really Tee said. "I a few more parents would do .some drugs io see what it'., really alj ahoul. parents seem lo think that if their kids are using drugs it means they're also inlu heroin and that's really silly. I know (here ace hard drags around, but they have nothing lo do with the soft stuff. ''The kids who do drugs arc with it enough lo know how easily they could blow their minds permanently on Tee said. "I imagine the kids also know better what harm drugstore dope like the their parents use can do lo people." The three said all Iheir par- ents were understanding about drugs, anil they'd been able la "sit down with them and lalk about it calmly." "My parents don't complete- ly agree with me, but at least they're trying lo Gladys said. "And (hoy don't threaten me witli all the gar- bage they've read about drugs in the scare magazines." The students said they arc convinced a drug crisis centra is needed in Lethbridgc. "As long as dope is illegal, there'll IK kids who freak o'.il cither on dirty dope or he-cause they're hassled out ol Iheir minds by Tee said. "I think it should be for all kinds of crises, though, not just S'.lma said. "There are al'.1. ays kids who want to corn- mil Hurdle or are driven a'.'.ay their parents or "Depression i-, a hard trip to PL' back from if you can't even [o ;.uir parents." They .'-aid Ihc crisis centre sh'iu'd i-t run provincially or i'-dcrally. and should be able to provide ior all of erner- yr-.ncicv1. "Hiil i1 rc-f.ds sympathetic people who have used drugs and understand thg scene." Tee said. "And most of all, whatever takes place there has to bo completely confidential. The in- formation" has lo b2 classified, even from parents and rurally most of the cause for the crisis." FRIDAY: Catholic Central. Boras ivIIS seek liberal Julm lioras. lawyer and for- mer district farmer ar.nouncod today lie wii] stand for the IxjIh'uriclKe F e d oral Liberal Corsti' nominr.'.ion. ''The Liberals' cliancus locnl- ly will lie Ibe they've ever been.'1 ho said. Mr. Boras, Ihc Libei 1 til 1 dale in (he 130." election and runner up in a four way con- test v. by Conservative (inndlork, said ''I fe 1 very confident I'm! the Ti government will re- turned to power." The Lelhbridge Liberals eeutivc will meet Feb. 21 and set a date for an annual meet- ting, (o be followed by a no i rating meeting, said conslilu- cncy'pre-iirlcnl Bill Olcfson. Mr. Boras is t'ne only Lilwral ecnlcstanl lo declare himself lo date, Mr. Olafscn said the Liberal nomination will "definitely be a contest In IMS, Ihc Liberals in the Lelhbndge riding held the laif, esl iiomin.ilinf! coiivenlion in hLsLory. wilh six fo the local parly nod. Mackasev in city Bryce Mackascy, Ihc new federal ;nnl immi- gration minister will briefly vjsil southern AllKTki Friday. The former labor minislcr is Uf touch down aL Lctli- Field airport ;4 1 p.m., alt end a short press con- ference nnd fly lo J'inclier Creek. From (liere be travel lo Collieries in Uie Crows- nest Pass area and then meet wilh union leaders and Ihc pub- lic at Ihe Klks Ilnll in Blair- more. lOtto Lang enthusiastic at future of agriculture By RIC SWIIIAHT Staff EDMONTON AgricuILural production to meet the export and domestic demand will go a long way (o help Ihe farm economy in Canada, says Otto Lrng, minister responsible for J Ills Canadian wheat board. i "Farmer response to better j information can lead lo the right production for the mar- kets available.'' he told 15D delegates lo the annual conven- tion