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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 6, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta A Calendar Of Local Happenings GhiWiaa Science testimony meeting to be held Wednesday at p.m. in church auditor- ium, 1203 4th Ave. S. Everyone is welcome. Lethbridge Women's Institute will bold a sewing tea at the borne of Mrs! George H. Mit- chell, 296 7th Ave. S., Wednes- day at p.m. Ladies Aid of St. Peter and St. Paul's Greek Catholic Church will hold its regular meeting Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the parish hall. Hostesses for the evening will be Mrs. Ann Szabo and Pauline Boychuk. Symphony Women's League will meet Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the borne of Mrs. Mary Varzari, 1517 24th St. S. Regular meeting of the Beth el No. 2, International Order Job's Daughters, will be he Wednesday at 7 p.m. in th> Masonic Hall, 10th St. S. All members and parents are in vited. The regular monthly mee ing of Sir Alexander Gait Chai ter, IODE will be held at home of Mrs. 0. Williams, 53 15th St. S. Thursday at p.m 4 Women's Federation of S Andrew's Presbyterian Churc will hold its regular meetin Tuesday, at 8 p.m. ill the churc lounge. Friendship Lodge LA to th UTU will bold its regular mee ing Wednesday at 8 p.m. in th IOOF Hall. Regular lunch. ami BINGO RAINBOW HALL 1401 5th N. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6th, at 8 p.m. 1st Jackpot 55 Not., 2nd Jackpot 57 Nos. Fm Cardi-Cardi and Games, lit pir Card, 5 Cards 3 Gamtl Door Prize No Children Under 16 Yean of Age Proceeds This Week To United Appeal. Sponsored By A.U.U.C. Association LADIES' AUXILIARY CANADIAN LEGION BINGO Wednesday at 8 p.m. W Air conditioned Memorial Hall 1st Geme 61 h Game 4th Game Jackpot 8th.Game in 7 Numbers If 4th Game Not Won. 10th Game Blackout 15th Game Blackout for in 52 Numbers or Less Lucky Draw Extra Cards 25c Door Prize Standard Games Doubled If Won In 7 Number in first 12 games TICKET GIVEN TO WINNERS OF ALL GAMES EVERYONE WELCOME LETHBRIDGE FISH GAME ASSN. WEDNESDAY AT 8 P.M. run BINGO IN THE NEW EAGLES HALL BLACKOUT 56 NUMBERS FREE CARDS 3 JACKPOTS (4th, 8th and 12th) in 7 Numbers NO CHILDREN UNDER 16 Surprises for the entire family this Thursday, October 8 Meet Miss Dominion of Canacfc i at the new BATA store at the Centre Village Mall this Thursday, October 8, our grand opening day. Centre Village Mall Lethbridge L. The regular meeting of the Ladies Pemmican Club will be held on Wednesday at p.m in the club rooms, Cor. 9th St and 9th Ave. S. The Whirl A Ways will Square and Round Dance in St Augustine's Parish Hall (llth St. S.) Wednesday, Oct. 7, al p.m: sharp. All square dan cere are welcome. Women please take box lunch. The first regular meeting ra the George McKillop Home and School will be held on Wednes- day, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m. The elec tion and installation of officers for Hie new executive will be followed by classroom visita- tions. Come and meet your child's teacher. Nor Alon Family Group meets Friday at 8 p.m. in the board room of the Municipal Hospital. St. Patrick's CWL will meet Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the rec- tory meeting room. Rev. J. A. Carroll OMI will speak on Crea- tion. Women are reminded to bring their articles for the car- nival fish-pond. NEW OFFICERS Ed Bailey of Calgary was named president of the Alberta divi- sion 'of Canadian Society of Radiological Technicians at its annual meeting in Leth- bridge, Other officials are Maine Heppler, vice-president Anne Mackinnon, Calgary, secretary; Mrs. Reit Schef- fer, Lethbridge, treasurer; and Mrs. Georgina Poulsen, Lethbridge, student secre- tary. .-Tuiidcy, October THE LETH1RIDGE HERALD 17 Youth Centre Open In Montreal Drug Abuse Becoming Major Health MONTREAL (CP) Drug abuse in Montreal is on its way to becoming a leading cause of death and a major public health issue. That's the word from Dr. Sidney Lecker, who for sev- eral years has been closely involved in the city's drug problems. Dr. Lecker, 33, on the staff of Montreal General Hospital, discussed drug abuse in Can- ada's largest city in an inter- view. "If we look at New York and Los Angeles, usually a few years ahead of us (Mont- we see that the drug problem in both cities has only become worse. "In New York heroin abuse is the leading cause of death of people between the ages of 15 and 35. In Los Angeles bar- biturates are the second lead- ing cause of death in the teen-age years. "We always follow these two cities and if we keep going as we are that's what we are headed for." Dr. Lecker described as "very conservative" esti- mates that "a few thousand adolescents in Montreal use a group of drugs commonly known as speed that can be taken orally or by injection. He is the father of two girls 12 and 7, and one boy, 9, aix has been working with youth and drugs since 1966. In 1968 he helped start the Youth Clinic in downtown Montrea and has been associated with the clinic ever since. He said that last year in Montreal only one heroin ad diet came to the cltnic. How- ever, in the first three months of 1970 the clinic saw about 40 heroin addicts. "Since that time I've been told that the clinic sees an average of five to 10 a month It may be higher than that. 1 don't see them so I wouldn': know the exact count. "The youngest amphetam- ine user I've ever known is 12 years old. 'For heroin I don't know but I don't think it has got to the stage, as it has in New York, where heroin users can be found in elementary schools." A spokesman for the RCMP's narcotics department said that to his knowledge there are abost 100 heroin ad- dicts in Montreal. John Owen of the Youth Clinic confirmed Dr. Lecker's figure of an average of five to 10 a month and said that al- RUG CLEANING WE HAVE THE EQUIPMENT AND THE KNOW- HOW, WITH OVER 15 YEARS EXPERIENCE. TRUST YOUR FINE RUGS TO BENJAMIN'S CLEANERS TAILORS 317 10th STREET S. PHONE 327-5771 SAVE TIME and MONEY with a GAS DRYER Will do up to 8 loads of the same cost as electricity 3 heat selector SPECIAL Less Gas Voucher 10 SAVE AN EXTRA When you apply your VOUCHER on the purchase of your natural gas dryer. Offer expires Nov. 14, 1970. Vouchers are being distributed by Canadian Western Nat- I ural Gas Co. to their customers throughout the area. _ "CHARGE !T" CONVENIENT CREDIT TERMS CAN BE ARRANGED though this is small he feels the use of heroin is growing. Dr. Lecker said be has vis- ited New York and Los Ange- les to study their drug prob- lems and found that abuse had to become terrible before any kind of treatment pro- gram was set up. "And in Montreal we don't yet see under" way any major programs, any major input of funds or any major commit- ments on the part of the gov- ernment to start immediately any program for rehabilita- tion and prevention. "There are some starting off but like any other govern- ment ours needs a great deal of pressure from the popula- tion before anything gets done. "If the population starts putting pressure on the gov- ernment for drug programs, which are a priority, then they'll get them. "And we shouldn't wait too long before these drug pro- grams are set up, because once the drug .problem gets overwhelming or reaches epi- demic proportions then no kind of program that you es- tablish can have any suc- cess." Young people who go to the Youth medical rea- sons among do so because they fear hospi- tal treatment or reprisals, those who operate the clinic feel. There are four full-time YMCA-trained workers, be- tween 20 and 22 years old. The administrator is Georges Beaudry, in his early 20s and a one-time member of the drug crowd. With the summer influx of travelling students from across North America, busi- ness at the clinic boomed. When it" first began function- ing the clinic was supported by private donations. Now it is financed by the YMCA allocates of its yearly budget to operate the clinic. However, due to the sum- mer boom and an increase in transient youths, the Youth Clinic staff has found it hard to make ends meet. The centre, they say, suf- fers from a lack of staff, space, time and money. High on Dr. Lecker's list of priorities is the training of doctors to deal with drug users. "We found -that you can't look at drugs as the only problem. You have to look at a person's whole life, not only his emotional and social life but also his growth and devel- opment. "It's important to look at drugs in the context of a per- son's own individual develop-, ment." Dr. Lecker said the LeDain report on the non-medical use of drugs is a "very significant advance in thinking." "It's time we said about drug addicts what has been said about a person who has a habit which hurts himself and no one else should not be treated as a criminal. "Their habit hurts others because they are forced to steal. We make them get drugs from organized crime and prices are high so they have to start stealing. "They ultimately become criminals because society has made them criminals." 'SHOULDN'T HAPPEN' The LeDain commission, headed by Gerald LeDain, dean of Osgoodc Hall law school, recommended that chug addicts should not be treated as criminals, never be jailed and that the maximum fine should be Kiless than a penny a bowl "We say that drug addicts should be given an alternative to being treated as criminals, which means that it wouldn't be enough; to take away the penalties if sociaty doesn't have any rehabilitation pro- gram for Dr, Lecker said. "It's a criminal offence in itself to stick a child who uses drugs in it shouldn't happen." He contended that adoles- cents are not the only ones on drugs. ;x- "There is probably an equal number of housewives who use amphetamines daily. '.'They-start taking them to lose'.weight but they know damn well that these amphe- tamines are pep pills. These pills cheer them up and make them high. Dr. Lecker said the best- way parents can deal with what he termed a major mid- dle-class problem is to have an excellent relationship with their children. He's not worried his own children taking drugs, but if ever they should he is banking on the relationship he has with them to take care of the problem. "The only guarantee a par- ent can have is the quality of the relationship that you have with your children. I try to make my children feel that there's nothing so bad in the world that you can't tell your own father and mother." Dr. Lecker warns schools to wake up. "With drugs becoming such a galloping problem, you ha- ven't got time to fool around. PUBLIC BINGO 16 GAMES JACKPOT IETHBRIDGE ELKS LODGE ROOM (Upctnirs) EVERY THURS.- 8 p.m. FASHIONS EATON'S by Silhouettes of the 70's, fcshjcns by Ealon's will ,ba shown in Sauth- mlnsler Hall, Wednesday, October 7th, ot p.m. Be sure to sea this parade of fashions for Foil, '70, sponsired by ihe Tuesday Eve- ning Unit of Soufhminster linked Church. Tickets, adults 1.00, stu- licit to Bmmt S, C. O'Brien and R. Piesanen wiih Brewmailer A. J. Km, Only a handful of North Americans have the judgment to brew great beer. Three of them now brew Calgary Export Lager. Their treasured diploma of the British Institute of Brewing, highest achievement of the brew- er's art. Jt requires six years of tough apprenticeship and inten- sive study. Jt develops judgment and taste. Few, indeed, are those who qualify. Yet, we demand that diploma of our Calgary brewmaster and his assistants, and three of our men have earned it. They love beer. They insist on the purest water, the mellowest malls, the choicest on brews whose quality and flavour never vary. They refuse to compromise. If you too refuse to compromise, Calgary Beer is for you. Brewed by beer lovers for beer lovers. CALGARY BREWING AND MALTING COMPANY LIMITED. CAIGARY BREWING 5 MALTING CO. NET CONTENTS 12 FLUID DUNCES UNION MADE a heritage of quality ;