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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 24, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 36 THE LETHBKIDOE HERAin Wdnojilny, May 24, 1972 addicts as patients rather than as criminals ny COI.OIAN l.ONliUN1 I.M'i A hi-ruin uiut mislimi't! his rlosi' mlki-il iiiio ;i I.iimlun Limit1, "Ydl! Icillk ,'iU ,'i lift liT Tht'li he1 hiimlrd olll a Ii-Sal iiarnilu-s pri'sf-iptiwi under tin1 lumal Ik'nllh Program. Once ;i junl.ii' lia'f lurncil up jusl for anolhi'i iix llul coulil I'vmliiallv hill him, lhi> ciKiiu'C' fret; willulnnval in-Mmi'iit at a liovc'rnmciU hospital. Bui at irasl lliL're was no need for him to t'.irn to crime1 [o money for illegal drugs. Ami will) narcot- ic.-. availaWr, Ilicrc was IMS profit incentive for in start mass black market uponiikms liece, v.'a.s laliinjj advantage of I'.iiiain's system ol treating as palienls rather lluin as criminals. I'lvidc'iu.e aecimiulales that MMcm works tolerably well lien1, folliiu-ing some key revisions. The number of a tl cl i c t s known !o I lie is declinins. I'erhaps more ini- piirlanf, it is dcdim'ni; among Ihe age groups. At its peak Iliere were probably fewer than -LOW addicts ainon" Sfi million Britons. Tint Hie British addiction rate grew nlarniinply over (lie lasil decade, callinn the whole .system into fjiieslion and lorc- tonic major ehanKes. In 1958, Urilain had rally -112 known addicts cm hard drugs such as heroin, morphine. caine or on metliadone, a her- oin substitute hi with- drawn! Ircalmenls. the number had readied 2.7112 nnd there were predictions of by 1972. The .system was riddled with nbnse. Koguo physicians privately over -proscribed for registered addicts, who Iben sold their surplus In pay the rent or buy lood, sometimes lioolung a new young junkie. A new law in I9CJ1 limited the leyal prescription of nar- colics In government clinics. By the number of known on bard drugs had (Iropncd lo Part of the drop was due lo n in Ihe mclhod of recording addictions. The new system, in effect a census lakcn on the last day of the year, eliminated from that year's figures those addict's who had died, given up drugs, lefl Hie country or for any other reason had (lere- gislcrcd. In the total dropped with the new recording sys- SIMPSONS-SEARS For Easy Living It's summer.., relax in this jumpsuit of cotton-nylon terry. Low-riding belt snaps onto pockels. Machine-wash. Asst'd colors. Sizes Big-value machine-washable sets of soft cotton-nylon terry or strelch nylon knits, Striped tops, solid color shorts, AssL'd colors, Set PJaywear stretch cotton-nylon terry or nylon. Machine-wash. Asst'd solid colors. Tops S.M.L: Short Shorts, Jamaicas 10 to 18. f 229 Tops 049 C. Shorts 099 Jamaicas Accessory Depl. IT'S A HEADY FEELING Light- a great feeling when it rises from these great summer looks'. Natural straw op polyester straw hats in airy weaves, Irimmed and colored or not1. So low priced you can accessorize almost any outfit with ease1. Assorted slylcs, Accessory Qualify Costs No More At Simpsons-Sears STORE HOURS; Oprn Doily 9 a.m. ro p.m. Thundny and Fridny 9 a.m. lo 9 p.m. Cnnlro Villono. Tnlnphonn 328-9231. tern to The 1971 fif-uiTs arc not mil vol. Abuses continued under tlip new system, often because hard pressed doclors in Na- llnnal Health hospiUils lacked the lime or (raining to deal wilh mldicls. In the early day.s of I lie clinic system doctors known lo prescribe driifjs for a new addict even checking bis arm for needle marks An addict couhi tfivc a urine sample to a "straiybt" wlio could then qualify for drug prescriptions. By anil large such abuses are dwin- dling. "They're gctling craFticr at the an nddicL says. "In the beginning you could gel a prescription just by shooting water in your veins." Conditions vary with clinics. Some have open doors, pro- vide coffee and sandwiches and put patienls' paintings on the walls. Others lock the out- side door. An addict com- plained, "If you go in with an overdose they throw you on a mattress and forget you. They'd be glad if you died." WALK TIGHTROPE "Clinics hove lo walk a a health depart- ment spokesman said. "If they prescribe too little, the addict looks too much he i.s lemptud Jo fml the hlnck market. Ilul tin: clinics keep the balance tibmil Somi1 doctors are discour- afird by (hu low withdrawal rale. "There is nothing we can offtT un one doc- tor complained, as as (he of heroin. 'Tlir-y lake drills because I hey like them." Although fewer than per cenl of I he clinics' patients ojjt for many of Ihcm rc- lurn later to druj; clinics can claim some suc- cess. The stale ua.s prescrilHiip grams of heroin a month in This was down (o grams in December, 1970. The number of new her- oin addicts under the age of 20 dropped lo MO in l'J70 from 2Q1 in 19G9, official figures in- dicate. The big question has always been whether iJie num- ber of addicts is not higher than the total that registers wilh the govcrnmcnl for legal drugs. Persons who use the black niarkcl, some experts say, could double or triple lha officja] figure. In setting up Ihc clinics the governmenl faced the possi- bilily Mini addicts lo fid prast'ripliou.- from I their doclors shy away from government clinics and look elsewhere. j Cl'llll ILLICIT I The Lome office, which is responsible; for nart'oHcs con- I [ml, denies any significant iii- crease in illicit dnifMakintf j since Hie clinics siui It claims llii.s would have shown I up in a hirye-r numljcr of ad- I rlirls scnloiH'wl to prison for I other t'rimes. Or in bospilals reporting in a r c admissions for drug over- doses. So far there is no such evidence. AcUlicls thnmolves claim tighlcr t'outrtjl of UI-UKR at Rovernmont clinics has lorccd up the prirc of bJnck markut heroin lo or more today from a grain in The home office admits con- cern for evidence of an up- surge in illepal ''Chinese her- oin" imporlccl from Hong Kong in the last yoar. This is chonper than pure heroin because it is cut wilh talcum power or stomach powders. Bccau.sc o( the low heroin content, however, only a new addict is apt to find it satisfying. To meet the black market, n law due to take effect later this year will sharply Increase jnil .saliences and lines for drug pushers, while relaxing them for users. Hrilfiin had little suc- cess coping with prohltms of soft drugs such as marijuana, which is illegal here. Unoffi- cial estimate.1; put the total of marijuana users at up to There were con- victions for marijuana use in 1970, a GO-pcr-ccnl increase over 82nd birthday SPAHWOOn (IINS) Mrs. Alice Liille, a longtime resi- dent of Natal, was honored by family and friends recently on the occasion of her B2nd birth- day. A surprise party was held al her homo in the. Senior Cili- Villa here. She received flowers, and gifts from her well-wishers. Mrs. Little was born In Tyl- deley. Lancashire, Kngland, and with her parents came to Natal in August, 1006. She has four children, nine grandchildren and 10 great- grandchildren. Throughout'the years she has been a keen worker in ttw com- munity. FOR AS LITTLE AS WE CAN SEND YOU TO THE BEACH IN SOMETHING BETTER THAN A TAN A whole wardrobe of tan-tilizing ways fo be noticed on the beach even if you don't have an en- viable tan. They're just part of Simp- sons-Sears collection of the 'in' styles for Summer '72. Go ahead take your pick, then take the plunge. Every one is a water-tight bargain! exciting styles with short and medium leg lengths, and some Vi Boxer designi. In itretch denim, knits, 1erry Forlrels, heavy faille and strelch nylon. Assorted colours. Sizes: S, M, L, XU Stripes! The popular lowrise style in 100% slrelch nylon. Belled buckle frcnl. Navy or Brown combinations. Sizes: 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42 and 44............................ Double-knit half-boxer trunks. 100% Polyester knit with elaslic waist and full ripper fronl. Navy' White, or Sizes 30 to 44 ea- Denim Trunks, tow rise style wilh elaslic waist and full zipper front. Sizes S-M-L Available In blue only........................... SIMPSONS-SEARS QUALITY COSTS NO MORE AT SIMPSONS-SEARS STORE HOURS: Open Daily 9 a.m. lo p.m., Tlursdoy and Fricloy 9 am. lo 9 p.m. Cpnlro Village Tclcphonn 328-9231 ;