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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-23,Lethbridge, Alberta Treatment programé labelled failureâ Drug system in prisons urged NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. (CP) — A study group of heroin addicts in tM British Columbia penitentiary system perimental di ‘ prograc witliin the federal peniten- wants an experimental drug maintenance program started tiary system. In a brief presented to Solicitor-General Warren Al-Imand and penitentiary officials, the group says existing addiction treatment programs are “obsolete and h(^less failures ” The brief says the experiment would help determine whether community clinics should be set up to dispense legal, prescribed opiates on a maintenance basis to hard-core addicts, similar to the British system. B.C. penitentiary counsellor Irene Blenkiron said the addicts, serving sentences from three years to life, spent six months preparing the proposal. Thé mai, who have been addicts for 10 years or more, held weekly meetings at the penitentiary with doctors, lawyers, politicians and oUi-ers to discuss drug addiction. In their brief, me men say they all have participated in various rehabilitation programs, ranging from enforced abstinence to intensive group therapy. SEEK VOLUNTEERS “Most of us have spent half of our adult lives behind bars because of drugs and the drug laws and for no other reason. If the situation remains as it is, the future for us looks very dim,” The group suggests the ei-periment should be conducted in a prison-hospital setting, using prisoners as volunteers to ensure strict control. Such opiates as heroin, morphine at^d methadone would be dispensed under strict medical supervision and a stabilized level of dosage would be found for each volunteer. The prisoners would eventually be integrated into the community, mainlaimng their dosage level throuA dally visits to a special clinic. The men say their proposal is based on the theory that a maintenance nogram would decrease addiction-linked crime which is primarily caused, ^hey say, by laws which limit supplies to blackmarket sources at high prices. “The British experience in the treatment of opiate addicts is proof that when addicts can secure their drug supplies legally and cheaply, they engage in relatively little crime, the brief says. “Addicts are no more likely to engage in crime than nonaddicts, and the addict numbers will remain static when there are drug supfriies legally available to them. “Tbe aura of adventure and intrigue presently so appealing to the young would disappear. It would be the establishment that would have monopoly control over opiates and not the criminal element. “There would no longer be the «Mrmous profits involved in the traffic of opiates to entice those people who are presently so attracted as to risk possible terms of life imprisonment-for trafficking.” The men say addicts can be maintained at a stable dosage level and that, white beroin and morphine are physically addicting, they do not impair an addict’s ability to function in society. 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A three-pronged government operation «ias trying to trap an estimated 3,000 Khmer Rouge insurgents. TOKYO (AP) — Japan may be a model international citizen in some ways, but hostile demonstrations during Premier Kakuei Tanaka’s current tour of Southeast Asia show it is largely unloved in that area. Tanaka’s visit to the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Indooesia was biUed as a goodwill tour. He said it was aimed at erasing the area’s image of Japanese as “economic animals.” But students in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia showed that it will take more than a visit by one Japanese leader to change the image. For years, the Southeast A^sian countries which Japan overran during the Second World War have not feared a re-emergence of Japanese militarism. But a new Japanese army, armed with bulging briefcases rather than samurai swords, returned to Southeast Asia in the mid'1950s to spend millions of dollars in war reparations. This was marred by corruption on both sides, and the hostility lingering from wartime refused to die. But what rankles most is the Japanese tendency toward clannishness. The local Asians complain that Japanese businessmen confine themselves to their own clubs, restaurants, hotels and living areas. That mamy Japanese are overbearing in dealing with people from less-advanced countries is undeniable. The Japanese government recognizes this and says it is trying to improve the situation. Sears Save 15% Made-to- measure draperies Reg. $92.98 up 79^ fa144"x84" Put an end to Ihose drapery doldrums by creating a beautiful new winctow treatment for your home' It's as easy as bnnging us your window measurements. With our made-to-measure drapery service, you make your own fabric selection to suit your own individual decor And you'll choose from a wide range of fashionable jacquards, textured weaves, semi-sheers, open weaves and rich antique salms After you've chosen your fabric we’ll skillfully fashion your drapes, paying special attention to the 4" pinch-pleals, deep 5" bottom hems and neatly mitered corners That's all there is to it' You'll receive your ready-to-hang drapes, with hooks included. in atK)ui 4 weeks. What could be simpler'? Don't delay Come m and save on beautiful made-to-measure drapes today In effect Jan. 24 to Feb. 2, 1974 Simpeons-Sears Ltd. Times hard in Uruguay, once a working haven at Simpsons-Sear* you get the finwt guarani« Mrtisfccllon Of mofwy rvfwndMl arid tre» delivery Store Hours Open daily from 9-30 a m 10 5:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Centre Village Mall. Telephone 328-9231 MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — The typical commuter here, if he can afford the $10,900 price of a new Volkswagen, now must spend otie-flfth of his monthly paycheque to fill the gas take once. Times are so hard in Uruguay that there is a growing movement to emigrate to places like nearby Argentina or Brazil, or even to Australia or Canada. Uruguay, once a place where people wanted to come to live, now has a year-long waiting list for a passport. The number of applications increases daily while the passport office handles 100 applications a day—by ap-pouitment. Some who applied in early January were given appointments for next December. Calculating the number of passport appointments at 500 a week, about 25,000 of Uruguay’s 2.8 million people already have decided to leave, “We’re in danger of becoming a giant old folks' home,” commentii one newspaper. . Uruguayans and foreigners differ on just what happened. But basically, this Latin American republic cruised along for decades, selling its beef, wool and hides for more than enough to meet its needs. EARNINGS CUT At the same time a bureaucracy began to build up until one in every four Uruguayans has a government job. A social welfare system grew as well and cuts into the country’s earnings. Workers can retire at 55 and live on what once was a substantial pension for Uruguayans—the equivalent of ^ a month. But pensioners are seeking part-time jobs now because inflation has virtually wiped out their incomes. Since Uruguay has little industry, nearly everything is imported, including inflation that hit the outside world. The Bus firms seek fare increase TORONTO (CP) - Bus companies operating in Canada and faced with rising costs for fuel and parts have begun applying to provincial regulatory bodies for fare increases. Gray Coach Lines Ltd. of Toronto and Voyageur Colonial Ltd of Ottawa have applied to the Ontario Highway Trans^rt Board for a five-per-cent increase in all fares, effective June L A spokesman for Greyound Lines of Canada Ltd., Calfary, says he thinks an application for a fare increase for the company’s Ontario routes will have to t>e made. The deadline for filing for an increase to be effective June 1 is Jan 31. F. D, Domier, general manager of Travelways Ltd. of Toronto, says his company is filing for an increase of a half-cent a mile on the Toronto to Linduy, Ont., route because the company has not had a fare increase on that route "for over five years.” dent of the Canadian Motor Coach Association, says fixed fares make most bus companies "just powerless” to do anything about recent coat increases for gasoline, dieael fuel and parts. Juan Bordaberry cost of living rose about 80 per cent in 1973 and has gone up 1,013 per cent since 1968. Before the inflation, a worker on his way home could stop for a beer that cost him the equivalent of a dime. Now it costs him fl. Gasoline costs $2.30 a gallon; a year ago it was SO cents. A shirt that cost |4 early last year now coats |9. Although the country has 10 million cattle, steak costs ¥1 a pound. Public services cost as much as 120 per cent more than last year. A family paying $10 a month for electricity in December 1972 now pays $22 WAGES LOW Bank tellers made $130 a month, most government workers less than $100. Families are buying $20 shoes on the instalment plan. Uruguay exported more than $300 million in goods last year for a surplus of about $12 million. Of that, $40 million went for petroleum, and other vital im^rts were so short that factories had to close. This year the government says it must pay $150 million for petroleum, half of the 1973 export income. Besides, it should pay about $100 million to service its foreign debt, estimated at $600 million. Last year the government was so pressed it sold 20 per cent—about $70 million worth— of its gold reserves. High prices and shortages have shattered Uruguay’s rich tourist markets Hotel cancellations for January and February—peak summer months— were at 50 per cent in the beach resort of Punta del Este, offlcials said. People jumble that in a count^ which once had more firemen than soldiers, the imilitary is reported ready to spend $130 million this year, one-third of all government expenses. The big worry is that general discontent might undermine political stability, the principal achievement of the government which took dictatorial powers in late June. Pnvate estimates show that last year stoppages cost the economy about $47 million, or 75 per cent of one year’s growth in a gross national product figured at four per cent. President Juan Bordaberry and his conservative military colleagues dismantled political opposition and labor unions, and some leaders have been in jail since July. Since then, not a day has been lost to strikes. The 50-year-old Communist party was outlawed and its newspaper shut down; the National University was closed and about 150 deans, teachers and student leaders were arrested as soldiers dug up floors in search of arms caches; and remnants of the Tupamaro urban guerrilla group were stamped out wherever they surfaced, with methods many classify as torture. Anti-government reaction flourished in high schools, so authorities tightened discipline, ordering students to keep their hair short and wear uniforms. CONGRESS REPLACED Bordaberry appointed 25 men to make up a Council of State to replace Congress as a law-making body, lliere may be elections in 1976, though it is not certain. Bordaberry, a 45-year-old cattleman who was elected president three years ago, has been considered an ally, if not a front man, for the milita^ since he dissolved Congress in June. But sources close to the government say he already has had several clashes with top military officers whose thinking is more to the right than his. Some say his position is precarious Countries urged to unload large dollar holdings WASHINGTON (Reuter) -'The United States government fears the dollar has become over-valued in relation to some other major currencies because of over-reaction to the world oil shortage. Treasury Secretary George Schultz has urged countries with large dollar holdings, particularly West Germany, to unload some of them in foreign-exchange markets to hold down the value of the U.S. currency. A stronger dollar means that U S. gfWids become more expensive and less competitive in world markets. The recent strengthening of the dollar has taken some of the edge of the advantage enjoyed by U.S. exporu since the dollar was twice devalued. Shultz told a news confereitce the Mlar now U perhaps overvalued He said foreign-exchange markets tend to over-react to crisis created by the international oil shortage. Shultz was sympathetic to the French government’s action allowing the franc to float downwards, saying it is understandable He said all surveys of the impact of recent oil price increases—some of more than 100 per cent—showed that the French balance of payments would be hard hit The treasury chief stressed that French authorities had given no Indication of trying to manipulate the value of the franc to obtain a competitive edge against the dollar. One reason for the strengthening of the dollar Is that the U.S. is less dependent on oil imports. ;