Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 9, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
.Wadnttday, May 9, THI LETHBRIOOB HMAIB 21 A dummy's a goad friend Eight-years-old is a bit too old to be sucking a dummy, especially one he found In the street. But Pugsley the pug is an unusual dog. Since he found the dummy recently they have been inseparable, he now spends all day walking around the yard with it in j his mouth. Heroin study group mulls treatment plan By JEFF CARRUTHERS Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA A special health protection branch heroin study group, established just after some of the final recommenda- tions of the LeDain Commission were leaked, is seriously consid- ering allowing the use of higher doses of the heroin substitute methadone in treating heroin addicts. Higher doses give ad- dicts some of the "thrill1 or eu- phoria they are accustomed to getting on heroin but are miss- ing with the present oral meth- adone treatment now allowed in Canada. Such higher doses might attract more addicts to treatment. The heroin study group, com- posed of eight health depart- ment drug experts, is also con- sidering the possibility of allow- ing either heroin or intravenous methadone (using a needle in- stead of an oral dose) to be given to addicts legally as a part of treatment. Reliable sources in Ottawa add that such an experiment is being considered on an in- patient is, in hospi- than on an out- patient or clinic basis. The special heroin study I group is assessing the country's growing heroin problem, re- viewing various new ap- proaches to deal with the prob- lem, and is preparing a depart- mental response to recommen- dations on heroin expected in next month's LeDain Commis- sion final report. The health department ex-1 perts are reportedly not satis- fied that Canada's present her- oin treatment approaches are attracting sufficient heroin ad- dicts. They are thus considering the possibility that signifcant, possbly even radically, changes may be needed to attract more of the country's addicts for that at- racting more addicts is the best approach. In discussions to date, the study group has concluded that only about 20 per cent of the addicts are being attracted to treatment and that perhaps one- half to two-thirds of these are tinerant, "revolving door" types who come for treatment only during bad times. Four of the members of the i study group recently visited i Great Britain, to study the her- I oin treatment approaches used I there. i One of the things that im- pressed them most was the positive and friendly attitude of the nurses and other support staff at the British heroin clin- ics towards addicts. The Canadian visit also re- v e a 1 e d that considerable amounts of the legal heroin and methadone being given addicts are used in trade between ad- dicts and that some gets diver- ted to illegal channels in ex- change for the potent heroin available in England. The members of the heroin study group include: Dr. A. B. Morrison, assistant deputy min- ister of health; Ron Draper, head of the non-medical use of drugs directorate. NMUD; Craig Taylor, Locksley Tren- holm and Dr. Ian Henderson of NMUD; Dr. Madeline Maykut and Dr. Tom DaSilva of the drug advisory bureau: and Dr. D. F. Bray, head of the statis- tics and information science section. The study group has con- cluded that the British ap- proach of allowing addicts to take home their supplies of her- oin and methadone. for self-ad- ministration, would not be polit- ically or socially acceptable in Canada. Africans tough on crime LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) A cattle rustler in Guinea was re- ported to have had both his arms amputated at the shoulder for his crime. In Gabon, President Albert- Bernard Bongo recently ordered three murderers thrown into the sea to drown. And across Africa in Liberia, the whipping of suspected thdeves has been introduced lo reduce stealing, say reports from the capital of Monrovia. While capital punishment is fading in much of the world. more and more African nations are combatting rising crime rates with harsh and unusual times in public. The official Libcrian Age newspaper recently quoted a high-ranking police official as saying authorities have been too lenient with people involved in stealing. Ue said that after their arrest the "rogues' now are whipped, then charged and prosecuted in court. RULER DIRECTS BEATINGS Perhaps the most notorious recent crime-busting operation was last years beating to death of thieves in the landlocked Central African Republic. The country's ruler, Gen. Jean-Bedel Bokassa, personally led a group of soldiers armed with wooden clubs to the cen- tral prison in Bangui, the capi- tal. and ordered troops to begin a 10-minute beating of 46 pris- oners. "All thieves must he de- clared. "There will be no more Syphilis rare offer made ATLAXTA. Ga. fAP) Sev- enty-seven of the known 110 sur- viving black involved in the Tuskegee. Ala., syphilis study have accepted an offer of medical care at government ex- pense for the rest of their lives. _ Thirty turned down the offer: five still are undecided; and two others stiil are being sought, spokesmen at the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) said here. They were being offered med- ical and health and dental care for the rest of their lives through any doctor or insti- tution of their choice, a CDC doctor said. Most of the men who were in- volved in the 40-year-old study now are past 70 years of More than 600 black males were involved in the U.S. public health service study that began in 1932, and some were left un- treated in order to study the ef- fects of svnhilis. theft in the Central African Re- public." The next day Bokassa joined several thousand persons who gathered in Bangui where 42 m- jiii-ed convicts and the bodies of 1 three others were put on dis- i play. Many African officials point out that theft has traditionally been considered far more serious an offence in Africa, where poverty is widespread, than in richer nations. Summing up many arguments for harsh penalties, a Nigerian newspaper columnist said recently, "Deterrence won't work unless you punish wrong- doers in public where people can see what will happen to' them." Former A MA manager dies EDMONTON (CP) Stan Anderson, former Edmonton manager of the Alberta Motor Associaton, died here at the age of 60 after a lengthy illness. Mr. Anderson, who had been ill for about five years, took early retirement last month after serving the organization for more than 25 years. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE MONEY-SAVING VALUES DURING EATON'S NINE-DAY EVENT THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY, MAY 19th Use Your Come-True Eaton Account Card Get the look you want Pick a sofa or a suite, a chair and have them upholstered in the fabric of your choice during Eaton's nine-day special event. Each or suite, prices include cover up to T" grade. Be your own decorator. Take advantage of Eaton's great nine-day custom-covering sale to pick the sofa and chair styles you like, the fabric and colors you like end you're in business. 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