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 - Commentary, Editorials Jim Aylward Tranqnilizer...
Commentary, Editorials Jim Aylward Tranqnilizer habit comes on strong The tranquilizer habit may well be the most insidious habit of the '70s. Valium is now the most frequently prescribed drug in the United States. Many people take it illegally. Others have become dependent on it by following their doctor's orders, which usually prescribe four tablets a day - white, yellows or blues. Four blues a day could take your blues away, but it can also cause some problems. Now Leland Ahern of Altoona, Iowa, has started a program that he calls Valium Anonymous. Patterned after Alcoholics Anonymous, it attempts to help tranquilizer types to kick the habit. Ahern knows how difficult it can be. He says that quitting Valium can result in "horrible withdrawal symptoms," including insomnia, agitation, nervousness, nausea, vomiting and, in some rare cases, hallucinations. In fact, Ahern says that kicking Valium for him was "many, many times worse" than his battle with alcohol, which he won more than 30 years ago. Valium Anonymous helps people to get free of tranquilizers by using the techniques Ahern learned in Alcoholic Anonymous. He says that it always works, and so far he has helped about 100 Valium dependents to live a more natural life. He hopes that his idea will spread across the country and that others will start their own Valium Anonymous groups. For further information on this, you can write to Ahern at Box 155, Altoona, Iowa 50009. THE RIGHTS OF TENANTS - Did you know that 52 million Americans rent their living spaces? That's one-quarter of the population. For the most part, landlords are fair, but what happens when there are problems? The answers are in a new Avon book called "The Rights of Tenants," by Richard E. Blumberg and James R. Grow. The rights of both tenants and landlords are covered in question-and-answer form. The book tells what clauses a tenant should beware of in a lease, how a tenant may move out before the lease expires, when you can withhold rent, when you can sublet, how you can fight eviction, etc. The book is $1.95 in paperback. MOM, DAD, AND DIRTY DISHES - Cleveland State University Prof. John Robinson says that National Institute of Dental Research reports that a new cavity fighting device has been developed. It's a tiny wafer than contains a fluid. The wafer, smaller than a button, is glued to one tooth by your dentist, and it emits a protective fluid for about six months. Is THAT what Dr. Cook meant when he told me to button up my Up? IT'S NEWS TO ME! The Food and Drug Administration is currently testing a new kind of contact lens that can be worn 24 hours a day. Like today's "soft" contacts, the new lenses are also soft, but they're made from a permeable plastic that allows the eye to breathe. They're costly though - between $400 and $600 a pair. The FDA plans to make the new lenses available to cataract patients almost

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  1. The Galveston Daily News,
  2. 25 May 1979, Fri,
  3. Page 10

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