Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 23, 1972 · Page 118
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 118

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 23, 1972
Page 118
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With Vouth by ^Pamela Swift Young people who now have the right to vote, to purchase alcohol, or to marry at the age of 18, may stttt find that they are lacking in one important accouterment of adulthood: credit. California, which recently conferred legal adulthood on its 18-20- year-olds, included in that definition the right to contract, borrow money, and use credit. Many young Californians, however, trying to borrow money, finance or rent a car, or buy a stereo on the installment plan, find they cannot because they have no credit. Credit, the banks reply, is based on length of employment and residence, income, assets and liabilities. Young people are usually short in att categories. The Crocker Bank in California offers the following advice to "new adults" desiring to establish their credit: (1) You wttt have an easier time gaining that first loan or credit application if a parent, relative or friend cosigns with you. (2) Open a charge account at a retail store and establish a record of payment. (3) An alternative method of establishing a record of payment is to borrow against your savings account. (4) A car or other asset may be used as collateral for a loan. Most of the credit card companies, Diners' Club, American Express, Bank of America, and Master Charge, wttt not take a chance on young people unless they have held a job at least one year and the job pays at least $600 a month. like toe*, Ufce CUM Where, how, and from whom do youngsters adapt their drug-taking habits? Adults who look askance at their drug-oriented children might do well to examine their own use of drugs. Dr. Paul D. Stolley of Johns Hopkins University studied the drug- buying habits of an average U.S. community of 112,000. He found that in one year local pharmacies dispensed nearly 200,000 prescriptions, costing $678,000 and representing more than 9 million capsules, pills, and liquid dosages. These figures do not include the sales of hospital pharmacies in the community. Dr. Stolley and his co-workers were astounded not only by the excessive amounts of drugs used but also by the types prescribed. For example, psychotropic drugs --mood changers, agents which sedate or stimulate the patient---accounted for 17 percent of all prescriptions written during 1968, the year studied. Two psydtotropics, Librium and Valhim, were the first and third most commonly prescribed drugs, accounting for $35,000 sales in this one community. Nationwide in 1968, pharmacists filled an esti- mated 24 million Ubrium and 18 million Valium prescriptions. Antibiotics, too, were over-prescribed, according to Dr. Stolley, often for common illness not meriting such potent medicine. Dr. Stolley's study reaffirms the picture of ours as a hypochondriac^, pill-pushing society. Add to pills the number of alcoholic drinks the average aduh American imbibes each year, and the answer to the question: from whom do children learn about drugs? becomes crystal clear: parents. MY-CHAU «UI (L) AND SOFIA RODRIGUEZ HAVE ADS FOR THEMSftVESmBOOKLEr Looking for a job after graduation? What's the best way to go about it? Seniors in the Department of Communications at Simmons College in Boston devised a novel approach to the age-old problem of the job search. Using their skills in design, graphics, writing and photography, they put together a 28-page booklet advertising themselves. Entitled "You're Looking For Us," the booklet has been mailed to hundreds of prospective employers. Each of the 24 girl graduates occupies a page complete with photograph and description of her background, interests, skills, and job preferences. For example, writes My-Chau Bui of Fayetteville, N.C.: 'I am looking for any kind of work relating to photography, and am also available for interpreting or translation work in English-French-Vietnamese-Spanish." Or Ann Newton of Athol, Mass.: "I would like a job with a visual orientation--either in graphic design or television production." Says Sofia Rodriguez of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico: "I feel there is a lot to be said--and not only in English ... I feel that I would be most effective in a bilingual situation." The girls also have good business sense. To get their booklet into print, they solicited paper, composing and printing facilities from local Boston firms. PARADE · JULY 23, 1972

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