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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta May 16, 1973 THE LETHBRIDCE HERAlft 31 Only tears left Mrs. Kenneth Foieman (centre facing camera) and Mrs. Jay Stroud shared a hug and tears amid the wreck- age of a mobile home park in Willard, Ohio where a tornado swept through. Others clambsred over the wreck- age of the homes. Three persons were killed, about 100 others were injured and damage to residences and busi- nesses was estimated at about million. Special group assess situation Canada's heroin problem under study By JEFF CARRUTHERS Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA With the heroin problem in Canada changing and expanding rapidly In recent months, the federal government faces a curious dilemma. final recoimnsndatioiis of its pseudo-Royal Commission, the LeDain Commission of Inquiry Does it sit and wait for the' into the Non-Medical Use of better! Bernina, without a doubt, five finest sewing nmchiae in, the world, wants you to be the best sewer. 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Or does Ottawa take some preliminary steps now, on its own. to study the problem and perhaps even take some action which might have to be modi- fied in light of the LeDain Com- mission's conclusions? WILL WAIT Officially, the government has said it intends to wait for Le- Dain. however long that takes. But quietly and unofficially, the federal health protection branch has launched a special heroin study group, to assess the problem in Canada, to study various new and old approaches to treating and addicts, arid to in many ways prepare the ground for govern- ment reaction to the LeDain Commission's final report. This middle-road involves study, not planning for really be criticiz- ed from both directions. Some will say it is a waste of tax- payers' money, since it dupli- cates the LeDain Commission's efforts. Others will say it is not enough, since the heroin problem calls for action now, not more study. But on analysis, it would seem the "heroin study group" may very well be tiip best com- promise, considering the cir- cumstances. When the first inklings of the LeDain Commission's reccni- maidations on heroin first ap- peared about a month and a half ago in newspapers across I he country. Health Minister Marc Lalonde stated that the government did not intend to start assessing tihe heroin prob- lem until the "official" version cf the final report was handed to Mr. Ls'londe sometime in June. He later waffled a bit on this position when he announced he was sending four federal ex- psrts to Great Britain, to study the controversial British ap- proach to heroin treatment. The LeDain Corrvission is basing mur-h cf its recommendation for Canada to experiment v.ith le- gal heroin en its analysis of the advantages of the British ap- proach. The "wait and see'' stance, which former Health Minister John JMunro a'lso followed (with some pressure from cabinet) with respect to a new cannabis policy, would seem the most reasonable course, under nor- mal circumstances, for heroin. The LeBain Ccmmissior. es- tablished by the government in May, 1969, has spent four long years assessing and pondering about the country's drug prob- lems and drug action options. It would seem to be a waste of the valuable resources and energies of the Commission and to undermine the value of the independent views of the Com- mission to have the government launch its own study and its own action a matter of weeks before the commission reveals its final document. But these are no longer rjor- mal circumstances. The latest statistics reveal that the heroin problem in Can- ada is speading rapidly from the original enclave in British Columbia, to nearby Alberta; is continuing to appear and grow in Ontario and Quebec, suppo- sedly as a spill-over effect from the U.S.; acd is growing rapidly in size. Pei'haps worse than that, the character of the heroin ct'dict is changing dramati- the older, ''crimi- nal" addict to younger, "mul- tiple drug users Statistics for 1972 show that heroin convictions are up 34 per cent, compared to 1971 and that the number of hard-core addicts has jumjped from 6.000 to during the same period. Since the situation as reflected in the statistics teck its worst turn during the last hah" cf the yvr. there's every reason to believe the overall 1972 statistics sig- nificantly underestimate the problem existing today. Since the LeDain Commission report uses the 1972 it could be argued that the com- mission's final report is already considerably cut of date re; >ect to heroin. Chairman Gerald LeDain re- portedly recognizes tills and has asked that the government re- lease the final report first in English, then later in French, to speed up its publication. Health Minister Laionde has re- fused the request. The trans- lation problems are delaying the report's release at least un- til June, maybe longer. Considering these circum- stances, it would seem to be more in the public interest for the gcvermrsnt lo at least stait its own studies now, in ticn of the LeDain report. Per- haps it should even be consid- ering some action as well The health protection branch study group'' repre- sents such preparatory action that the govrr.m-STit can take credit if Health Minis- ter Lalonde didn't know any- j thing about it. It's a small group cf drug ex- perts frcm. various portions of the heal.'ii protection branch: some from the non-medical use cf drugs directorate, headed by chief Ron Draper; some phar- macologists: and a statistician. More informal than formal, it has met several times already ard icpoits to Dr A. B. Morri- son head of the branch. Based on ti-e recent trip to Great Britain by four of its members, the study group is al- ready locking seriously at such things as experimenting with higher cf for treating Canadian addicts and experimenting with giving legal heroin and-or intravenoiis meth- adone to hei-oin addicts on an in-patient basis. The higher cf oral would give addicts some of (Le eu- j phcna they are row missing. Soviet author issues war ZURICH (Reuter) Soviet author Alexander Solzhenitsyn has warned Western publishers he will take legal action if they print memoirs of his former wife containing letters written by him or any other material from his literary archives, his Swiss lawyer. Dr. Frit Heab, said here Tuesday. 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SPECIAL LONG HANDLE GARDEN SHEARS -Reg. 5.99 SPECIAL HAMMOCK -Tubular stand -Foam pillow -Reg. 19.96. SPECIAL SHADE TREES -Northwest poplar -Rose Tree of China -Laurel Willow. EACH DELUXE -Floral mattress pillow -7 positions -Reg. 21.96. SPECIAL ZELCO SCOUT LAWN MOWER -3 h.p. engine -Rsg. 67.88 SPECIAL FOAM COOLER -28 quart -Reg. 1.37 SPECIAL OSCILLATING SPRINKLER -Covets up to 2250 sq. ft. -Reg. 4.96 SPECIAL BAR-B-Q tin -Reg. 77c SPECIAL DANDELION RAKE -Reg. 4.22 SPECIAL -10-lb. bag -Reg. 97c SPECIAL BRIQUETS SHRUB and HEDGE TRIMMER -Reg. 17.96 SPECIAL _20-lb. bag -Reg. 1.87 SPECIAL .56 SHRUBS -Assorted Junipers -Ornamental Cedars -Reg. 2.66. SPECIAL 's County Fair Located in Zellers Shopping Centre on Mayor Magrath Drive. Open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thors. and Fri. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Phone 328-8171 ;