BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.)' COURIER NEWS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1985. Dope Is No Remote Problem; Good Families Are Often Hit Br ROGER D. GREEXK NUTUIN (Aft — Is a drug addict a victim of circumstance or his own weakness, more to be pitied than condemned? Should he be spoon-fed dope under government control, so he won't go out and steal to get money to gratify his craving? WASHINGTON (AP) Or is he a menace to society, criminal—real or potential—who will rape or kill to satisfy his f«l ings? Should he be banished into exile until he's either .cured or dies? And should the death- penalty be established for dope peddlers? Dope is no remote problem, confined to shadowy alleys or dimly lit dives. It frequently hits good families, youngsters who try the first shot for a thrill, then find themselves hopelessly "hooked." Addicts spend an estimated 330 million dollars, a year on narcotics. To get money, they, steal more than a billion dollars wprth p.f property each year. Those in prisons or sanitariums drain millions, more from taxpayers. '•". , Congressional Attention When Congress convenes in January, it will quickly turn the full glare of its floodlights on every phase of the drug traffic and its impact on the nation's economy. President Eisenhower set off the probe a year ago.;when he created a special Cabinet-lev..?! committee to make an up-to-date survey designed to stamp out addiction. Synchronized with -'the Cabinet study, two separate, congressional committees—under Sen. Daniel (D- Tex) and Rep. Boggs (D-La) — have conducted coast-to-coast inquiries. Some experts contend that the addict is a helpless and pitiiul victim of fate who should be humanely treated instead of punished. Others argue that S8 per cent of all addicts become "pushers" and help spread addiction like « pestilence. Advocates of a mandatory death sentence for drug peddlers say that if Congress enacted such a law it would immediately "w^P 6 out addiction. Would Miss "Bis Shots" Opponents say that instead ot hitting the big operators, who mastermind the smuggling of Illicit drugs into this country, the death penalty would only send the smalltime street peddler to the gallows, gas chamber or electric chair .The big shots, they say, steer clear of actual contact with dope. to walk out any time they get I bored or restle.^. Instead of remaining the prescribed 4!i months for treatment, patients sometimes quit after a few days. Less than 15 per cent II to profiteering underworld trafficker!. Thus it would savt the addict from turning to crime to pay for his habit. Instead,, say many authorities, addicts swarmed to the "feeding stations." using fictitious names, counterfeit registration cards and other devices to load their pockets with low-cos' drugs which they sold to .street peddlers to spread addiction. Towns with clinics soon found they were a magnet for thieves, hoodlums and prostitutes. Asked if he favors a renewal of the free clinic experiment. An-' slinger said grimly: j "If a plan like that is given any| serious consideration, then ,a state and federal building should be con- structed. On the first floor there should be a bar for alcoholics, on the second floor a narcotics dispensary for addicts, and on the top floor a brothel. . . . "Such a proposal is like asking the U.S. government to sell poison at cut-rate prices to its citizens." But advocates of the clinic plan say the experiment 30-odd years ago was faultily conducted. Dr. Hubert S. Howe, chairman of the New York Academy of Medicine's Narcotics Committee, says that under the new academy-sponsored plan all addicts would be fingerprinted, pho'dgraphed and given identity cards. With such safeguards, he said, there would be no repetitior of the "field day" enjoyed by addicts In the 1920s. Dr. Herbert Berger, vice president of the New York State Medical Society, says in advocating the clinic plan: "Our experiment with prohibition during the Volstead era is proof that you cannot legislate the cure of a serious medical problem." Speedy Service STAUNTON. Va. Wl — Joseph H. Walton of Staunton rates the post- office at Clifton Forge tops in speed. He received a letter here October 10 postmarked In Clifton Porge on October U at 2:30 p.m. Mtlon Monument DI1A.EY, Tex. </P>—DlUey'e biggest monument is a huge red watermelon mounted on a white, concrete pylon. It commemorates a Dilley area watermelon yield which has averaged 15 million pounds a year the past five years. for »ch«. J»ln», vuti, bruij**, Imrua, colds, hMlhichea, Wtw and illnfi, H7 Bob's Gypsy Rub Liniment Available at your favorite dntr counter C. G. SMITH PRODUCTS CO. JI.U1U tUJUIUJl *V1L11 uul/L. •- .'-• Federal Narcotics Commissioner are ever cured. Harry J. Anslinger fervently A]so flt lsslle [ s a proposal by;, agrees that the severest punish-] ,i. e New York Academy of Medi-;. ment should be meted oui to vendors, and he raps some judges, Cine and the York State: Medical Society to revive the so- called "free clinics" which sprang; "ar I in an at-! ipt to combat the nuiKimillion-; dollar black :narket in narcotics, j Prom 1919 to \9!5. at least 44i clinics were set up in 15 states to|J provide legal take-home narcotics) ' — either free or at a cost of who. he says, "hand out such .. CHUen LIKC cmm..! diculously low sentences that the! up aftcr world W peddlers call them 'vacations.' ", [empl lo combat tl Under present federal law. the; - .---i- 1951 Boggs Act provides minimum penalties of two. five and ten years for first, second and third-time offenders. The law bars suspended _ vi>>iw _. ___ ._ sentences or probation alter the few cents _ t o registered drug first conviction. addicts. Anslinger. 63. also favors com-j .j^ theory was that legal sale pulsory commitment of addicts to of mircol j cs «-ould enable addicts an institution for treatment — for (0 buy drugs a[ a reasonable cost j their own good and the good of the instead o . paying S15 to S30 a day community. They are too weak-' willed, too "hooked" by the habit, to go through adequate treatment of their own free will, he said. Yet most treatment today is on a voluntary basis, except for addicts in federal prisons. Voluntary patients at the government's narcotic addiction hospitals at Lexington, Ky. and Fort Worth, Tex., are free -3* *•: Cream- eiiriched margarine m LADIES SUITS SWEAT SHIRTS $1.89 Value Zipper Front, Now for Only j 1 Lot - Children's Tan OXFORDS. 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