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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 23, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thurtdiy, 23, 1975 Survey shows drug-use dropping More students turning to liquor VANCOUVER (CP) A survey of Vancouver high school students shows they are steering somewhat away from harder drugs but turning more and more to liquor. The survey, made by John S. Russell and Marcus J. Hollander of the Narcotic Ad- diction Foundation of British Columbia, was presented to the Vancouver School Board this week. Trustees will meet later with medical officials and others working with drugs and alcohol. "Millions of dollars have been spent on drug education all over North America and not a single program has been Mr. Russell said. The two researchers selected about 10 per cent of the students at random and are satisfied their findings apply to the secondary students here. The survey shows that 71 per cent of students now are using alcohol compared with 61 per cent in 1970. The use of tobacco is also up to 64 per cent of the students in 1974 from 42 per cent in 1970. The use of cannabis, which includes both marijuana and hashish, does not appear to have changed appreciably, ac- cording to the researchers. They found 39 per cent of the students had used it in 1970 and 42 per cent in 1974. Use of LSD is down to 15 from 22 per cent. Fourteen per cent of the students said they used MDA in 1974 but were not questioned about this hallucinogen in 1970. In 1974, 19 per cent of the students had used LSD, MDA or both and the researchers say the use of hallucinogens appears to have declined slightly. The sniffing of glue and other solvents has not chang- ed with nine per cent use in both surveys. The no prescription use of tranquillizers was up to nine from eight per cent but the use of non prescription bar- biturates was down to five from 10 per cent. The survey shows the use of heroin was down to 1.5 from two per cent but the researchers say this estimate may be unreliable because of the proportion of users is so small. The 1974 survey shows there is little difference in general in the use of drugs by sex. Males used more alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, LSD and -The Herald- Youth MDA while females used more amphetamines and bar- biturates. The use of most drugs increases as the students get older while the use of solvents, amphetamines, bar- biturates, tranquillizers and heroin appears to peak in the 15 to -16 age group. Tobacco, alcohol and can- nabis are the only drugs being used at least once a week by a sizeable proportion of the students. The majority of those who had used LSD, MDA, solvents, amphetamines, barbiturates, tranquillizers and heroin had done so less than five times in the six months preceding the survey. The researchers also found that the use of alcohol, tobacco or cannabis does not necessarily lead to the use of stronger stimulants or depressants. But those who use LSD were probably fre- quent users of cannabis. During the six month period prior to the 1974 sur- vey, 25 per cent of students used no drugs, 21 per cent had used alcohol and tobacco and 12 per cent had used alcohol, tobacco and cannabis. Younger voters wanted ROME (AP) The chamber of deputies voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to support a bill lowering the voting age in Italy to 18 from 21. The bill, which has been backed officially by all parties in parliament, now needs the senate vote before it goes again to both houses as re- quired by the law. carpet problems? we have the answers a full selection of quality carpet to help you live better... naturally! 'SPACE SET' Special purchase direct from factory! First grade, 100% nylon, level loop pile rubber backed for easy, inexpensive installa r eas installation. 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Phew 327-5777 Optn Daily until p.m. Opm Thura. until 9 p.m. Budget Ttritu No Down Piymmt Low Monthly m RCVeiSTOKt A gala affair The first Military Ball in the history of the 2296 Army Cadet Corps was held last weekend at Kenyon Field Armouries and was a 'gala affair.' Cpl. Terry Penney, who was president of the mess, says a tri- service ball is in the planning for next year. Pictured here In military dress are Lt.-Col. A. G. Lynch-Staun- ton, left, his wife Mary, Cpl. Bill Dobra, Cadet Loraine Pawlivskl, Cadet Bonnie Skeith and Sgt. Bob Ward. Some 120 people attended the affair. LEISTER'S MUSIC LTD. Campus Corner By EMILY BURKE Catholic Central High School Catholic Central High School is in the last throes of prepara- tion for the presentation of its public drama. To be highlighted at the Yates Memorial Centre is the theatrical- "Under Milkwood by Dylan Thomas. This is a continous play using 17 actors to portray the 70 characters. The plot centers around a day in a small village in Wales and is involved in an intricate web of events. The people involv- ed with the play have worked extremely hard in readiness for' their audience. Due mainly to the extraordinary directorship of Mr Mueller, our drama teacher, the play promises to be on the highest level of presentation. It opens tonight and runs through to Sunday. Performances will be held every evening at 8-30 ex- cept Sunday the student performance takes place at 2 30 p m and another at p.m. The week after the play production C.C.H.S. also hopes to take in a Winter Carnival similar to the event held last year A Winter Carnival Queen will be chosen from the Grade 12 girls who have reacted very well to this continuation. The whole af- fair includes a teacher student basketball game on one day an outdoor activities day and a carnival. The carnival will be wound up that night with a dance. The same closed policy falls on this dance as previously used. Organization of the week was taken on by Rosanna Sac- camam who has done the job very well thus far. It looks like an opportunity of fun for all. On the athletic side, C.C.H. seems to be at a bit of a loss in basketball. The girls, are clear, as they seem to be a real team in all aspects and are doing quite well. On the part of the boys however, there doesn't seem to be the same spirit which prevailed in the football team. Next to deal with is the recent ski trip of the tri school ski club. Owing to a postponement of the Jan. 12 trip to Jan 19 a lot of complications arose on the matter of rented skis 'from Gotschna s. People had trouble picking up skis the night before and many didn't get the same skis and boots they had rented' However this is the first hitch encountered, and I hope it doesn't happen again. The seniors are looking ahead to their coming graduation l nus in the course of events a grad committee has been formed to raise the necessary funds. We should see events pertaining to this continuously coming up between now and May to a11 and their students is the coming Winter Games. Student volunteers are needed for all aspects of the Games, but most immediately, for the setting up. of the school complex as the atheletes' village. The Games provides a time of unlimited educational experience for USED EQUIPMENT Mil (50 watts) MHIIIm tap (so WHS) CulMHmrb '250 extra) Alto, good Mtoctlon of tUclric guitara QtriMt T-Shirt with imp 3.50) DOWNSTAIRS LEISTER'S MUSIC LTD. rfcm 327-2272 ;