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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 22, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta M.y JJ, WO THI HIULD You Get Up Tight, You Take Something Part Four Generation Gap Bridged Through Drug Use By MARILYN ANDERSON Her.ld Family Editor The generation gap has been bridged ir at least one area that of drugs, stated Dr. J. Rcbertson Unwin, in his ad- dress to the Child Welfare League of America conference In Vancouver recently. Dr. Unwin is the director of adolescent services at the Allan Memorial Institute of Psychia- try in Que. He was referring to the num- ber of adults who "take some- thing" when they get uptight. It may be the businessman with a 5 p.m. cocktail or the house- wife on pep pills. Although the focus of the drug issue has been on youth, a major probelm is the house- wives who use either alcohol or pills, and do so in the secrecy of their own home, without nor- mal contacts for help that even youth gets. 'Every kid who uses drugs, he said, is not alienated. There are the activists and the alien- ated: A Canadian Medical As- socation report says that alco- hol is used, or misused, more than marijuana. "We're all drug users, and often mis- users, but we keep focusing on the young generation." A preliminary report from LeDain Commission says that healthy, non-alienated kids are also trying out drugs. Engraving Ear Ring Sizing Ring Repair! SEE US NOW ERICKSEN'S JEWELLERY McFarland Bldg. 337-3525 Dr. Unwin said that little re- liable information exists on the effects of marijuana when taken on long-term basis. "It's stupid to say .that mari- juana is harmless or that mar- ijuana is dangerous. The rela- tive potential of harm, prob- ability of harm and the legal consequences must be consid- ered." Dr. Unwin had a few well- chosen words for the penalities for drug offenses under1 the Ca- nadian Criminal Code. "With all due respect" a little acid had been dropped be- fore they wrote the drug laws, he said. He was referring to the ap- parent inconsistency of the law which imposes a seven-year maximum sentence for posses- sion of marijuana but no pen- alties for possession of LSD. A much tougher" approach, he said, is needed for trafficking and importing of drugs. Dr. Unwin called the laws dealing with drugs perhaps "the greatest hazard" and said they are "nurtured by myth, prejudice and intellec- tual dishonesty." Society, he said is cowardly and evasive in confronting the drug scene. "It's stupid to treat misusers of drugs as criminals. Punitive laws are worse than useless. To send a young man to jail where he will get homosexually raped, where his record is with him for life so he will have diffi- culty in getting bonded or ob- taining a Dr. Unwin said he didn't know "what the hell good it Legalization of marijuana at least, has been equally ap- plauded and condemned by the legal and medical professions. A national health conference in March of this year approved the legalization of marijuana and psychedelic drugs as part of a medical rather than a criminal approach. The Canadian Medical Asso- CASH BiNGO ST. BASIL'S HAU-Car. 13th St. and 6th AVB. N. 22nd 8 O'CLOCK BLACKOUT JACKPOT NUMBERS 4th and 8th Garnet In 1 NUMBERS-12 Game LUCKY DRAW 5 CARDS FOR OR 25c EACH Under 16 Not Allow.d SPONSORED EY ST. BASIL'S MEN'S CLUB elation In Us brief In the Le- Dain Commission's inquiry into the non-medical use of drugs this spring recommended that marijuana be put temporarily undef the Food and Drug Act since it is not a true narcotic. Two members of the young lawyers conference of the Al- berta section of the Canadian Bar Association told the Com- mission that police have extra- ordinary powers in drug cases and asked what was the dif- ference between drug and other criminal offences to justify 'the existence of such extraor- dinary remedies." The Alberta Pharmaceutical Association has described the ease with which controlled drugs such as amphetamines and barbituates can be ob- tained through forged doctors' prescription as proof of a need for doctor-pharmacist liaison. Meanwhile Robert Clark, min- ister of education in Alberta called legalization of marijuana "undesirable" in the light of the unsolved problems sur- rounding society. The provin- cial government has predicted it would spend at least this year compared with last year on compiling drug re- search data. Dr. Unwin categorized for the conference delegates the chemical substances which are used by youth and adults. 1. stimulants, solvents, am- phetenunes, glue, nail varnish, speed. Users of solvents have a high delinquency rate, being more prevalent among disad- vantaged kids. Glue sniffers, he said, have not, contrary to pub- lic thought, been shown to cause school drop outs, but rather are symptomatic of the child's history. To illustrate the potency of glue sniffing, he (aid one tube of polystyrene cement contains up to 50 times the amount of toluene, the sought chemical, that is allowed in industrial op- erations. 2. depressants, barbituates, tranquilizers, heroin, morphine, sleep-inducing pills and alcohol "please look upon alcohol as a drug." 3. psychedelic drugs mesca- lin MDA, STP, LSD, "I'm sorry about that" 4. cannibus saliva, hashish, marijuana, THC (pure mari- Dr. Unwin said he not implying marijuana is nann- Reaction can range from acute panic to toxic psychosis. He said while youth may talk about the conscious expansion, the effect may be just the op- posite. Dr. Unwin said adolescent services for youth are vastly under staffed. Case loads are too heavy and often self-de- feating. He said we are seeing an evo- lution of a youth subculture wkich creates, its own com- munities and communes. Youth is "disdainful of our moralistic approach." Since youtii will not often volunteer to come to institutions for as- sistance, Dr. Unwin recommed- ed a street type walking clinic where help can be easily avail- able. TEA FOR MANY MORE THAN J. H. Noble, poun a cup of tea for.tcrviteur Mrs. R. Chapman at St. Michael'i Ladies' Auxiliary tea Thursday. The tea li an annual event and one of the last major teat in the city before the summer months. Woofco OpM Daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ANNUAL MATTRESS SALE STILL IN FULL SWING Take advantage of these drastically reduced prices while they last. Included in this sale is a complete range of Continental Bed Ensembles as well as all sizes of Box Springs and Mattresses. No Layaways Please Just Say "Charge It" For Phone Orders Just Phone 328-7701 Ann Landers DEAR ANN LANDERS: I am 16 and worried. Most of my friends smoke pot. Some of them have, freaked out on LSD. I don't touch any of it. My folks got upset once when they found an ordinary cigarette butt in my room. They have a good opinion of me and I'd bate to let them down. Every weekend I wind up with kids who are blowing grass or dropping acid. I realize if ftey get busted and I'm with them, I will be hauled in and charged, too. This snares me. It would kill my folks. The drug laws are lousy in this state and some good kids have gotten themselves bugged up because they want to show tbe authorities they have no respect for unjust laws. Please don't tell me to make new friends. I can't. These are the kids I grew up with and I dig them, except for the way they mess with drugs. What should I do? Lynn DEAR L. L.: If you insist on hanging around with a crowd that blows grass, drops acid and defies the law, be prepared to accept the consequences. Call it loyalty if you want to. I call it stupidity and sbbrt-sightedness. The law is going to do more bugling starting now. Making criminals but of sick people is, in my opinion, a poor approach to the problem, but when the citizenry be- comes frightened and fear takes over, rationality loses out. There are no easy answers to this one. We cannot afford to turn our country over to a generation of half-stoned pot heads. Nor can we allow potential achievers to fry their brains with LSD, speed and heroin. Unfortunately, a problem that should be handled by physicians is winding up more and more in Die hands of the police. So brace yourself. Tbe situation is going to get worse before it geti better. "The Bride's Ann Landers' booklet, answers some 'of the most frequently asked questions about weddings. To receive your copy of this comprehensive guide, write to Ann Landers, in care of Canada Wide Feature Sen ice Ltd., 245 St. James Street W., Montreal 1% enclosing a long, self- addressed, stamped envelope and 35 cents in coin. Home Recipe Plan Takes Off Ugly Fat It's simple how quickly one may lose pounds of unsightly fat ight in your own home. Make his homa recipe yourself. It's easy, no trouble at all and costs ittle. Just go to your drugstore jmd ask for Naran. Pour this into a pint bottle and add enough grapefruit juice to fill the bottle. !Wu two tablespooniful twice a lay ai needed and follow the Naran Reducing Flan. If your first purchase does not show you a simple easy way to bulky fat ud help regain slender more graceful curves; if reducible pounds and inches of excess fat don't disappear from neck, chin, trmt, abdomen, hips, calve: and anktei just return the empty bottle for your money back. Follow this easy way en- dorsed by many who have tried plan and help bring back al- luring curves and graceful ilenderneH. Note how quickly bloat much better yon feel. More alive, youthful appearing tad FOR SPECIALS? ROUND STEAK Perfect for Barbecues Ib. 99' SAUCES Heinz, Barbecue Plain or Onion RELISH Heinz Assorted 12-oz. jar..... 399 PICKLES Biek's Sweet Mix 48-oz. jar 99' MARSHMALLOWS Kraft Mb. pkg. POTATO CHIPS Christies Minis Salt and 2; 99 TOMATO JUICE Heinz 19-oz. tin 599 COFFEE MJB, Regular Grind, 1-lb. tin 99' Orange Cot or Apple Cot Sun Rype 48-oz. tin NEW POTATOES FROZEN FOODS Peas, Corn, Peat and F Carrots, Mixed I 0 Vegetables 2 Ib. pkg. R PHONE 328-1751 FOR FREE DELIVERY ;