Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on May 6, 1974 · Page 11
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 11

Carroll, Iowa
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Monday, May 6, 1974
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Survey Set to Determine Incidence., Prevalance of Drug Abuse in Iowa By Susan Whitley (Drake University Journalism Student i DES MOINES - Marijuana and other illegal drugs are being used throughout Iowa, but authorities agree that statistics on use and abuse are hard to come by and difficult to interpret. DEQis Subject of Grousing By Iowa Daily Press Association DES "MOINES -"There's a lot of grousing around the rotunda about the administration of the State Department of Environmental Quality. This grumbling comes from legislators, state officials and segments of private industry. Most of the criticism seems to be that the administrators are too arbitrary and uncooperative. Some critics of the DEQ operation are starting to press for a shake-up in the department's personnel. Director of Highways Joseph Coupal, Jr., is taking advantage of the proximity of Iowa State University to do some work toward a doctorate in political science. He would like to go back to teaching eventually. Coupal has a taste of teaching while studying for his master's degree at the University of New Hampshire, where he served as a graduate instructor. "Within the next 10 years I'd like to go back to the classroom," Coupal confided recently. He was city manager at Bangor, Maine before accepting the Iowa highway position several years ago. Although the deadline has elasped for candidates filing nomination papers for the Legislature, they still may be nominated through the convention process. Former State Senaor John For this reason, a survey will be conducted this spring and summer in an attempt to determine the incidence and prevalence of drug abuse in Iowa. The results will not be avilable for 30-60 days after data are collected, according to Fred Brinkley, director of the Drug Abuse Authority in the Office of the Governor. Brinkley said a researcher from Florida, who directed similar surveys in other states, will head the Iowa project. To gain more information on drugs, a state plan recently was completed — the first of its kind in Iowa. Based on all available information, including drug arrest statistics in 15 of Iowa's largest cities in 1972, the data revealed that marijuana abuse ranks fifth among state drug problems. Alcohol, defined as a drug, ranks first, while others, in order ol severity, are Walsh, R-Dubuque, is one person eyeing such a possibility. State Representative Richard Norpel, D-Bellevue, is the only announced candidate for the llth Senatorial District, but Walsh has vowed not to let the seat go uncontested. Dinner Honors Dennis Ramsey MANNING — Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Ramsey and family entertained guests on April 28 in honor of their son Danis' first communion. Those coming for Mass and dinner were Mrs. Harry Ohm, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Ramsey of Manning; Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Ramsey and family of Coon Rapids; Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Ewoldt, Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Kloewer of Manilla, Leo Kloewer of Humphrey. Neb.; and Mary Ramsey of Lake View. Additional afternoon guests were Mr. and Mrs. Merle Rienart and family, Mrs. David Disburg and family of Carroll, Mr. and Mrs. James Kioewer and family of Stuart, Mr. and Mrs. Phil Gibbons and daughters of Sac City; Tim Petersen and John Esdohr of Coon Rapids. The birthdays of Leonard Ramsey and Cherri and Roni Ramsey were also celebrated in the afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Eickman attended the first communion of their grandson Chad Grimm last Sunday and spent the day at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Willis Grimm at Missouri Valley. Iowa Bookshelf OPERATION SPLINTER FACTOR. By Stewart Steven, (Lippincott, $7.95) The story of the nation's secret intelligence activities since World War II and their influence on the life of every citizen is indeed stranger than fiction. In this book the author sets forth the plan of intrigue and political sinisterism that fueled the cold war, was the base of the Korean War, and probably the reason for most of the ills and problems we face in the last half of the Twentieth Century. How easy it is to take advantage of a free society through the abuse of power by small politicans, particularly as such a society pursues its materialistic appetites and indulges in the myths of its own propriety. The story of the things that were done by the CIA to the people of Europe, the plans and programs executed in our name, and the activities of the people we placed in power is a chilling and frightening expose of the American intelligence service. Read it and weep! It's worth every effort you'll expend to get hold of this book. It explains a great deal about war and peace in our time. — Harold A. Goldman A LONG WAY FROM HOME. By W. Cotter Murray, (Hough ton Mifflin, $5.95) This novel portrays the violent conflicts which develop when an Irish immigrant returns home after a 20-year stay in America, having fled here to escape his debt-ridden family. His younger brother, who has inherited the family farm and prospered since their father's death, is a money-grubbing Philistine who fears that the returning brother is after his new-found wealth, and his older brother, a priest on leave from an African mission, is shocked that the returning brother has lost his religion and is a constant source of family conflict. The only family member who welcomes him is his sister. Maria, who has become a nun. One cannot help but feel there are autobiographical overtones, as the author is an Irish-American, teaching at the University of Iowa. The author is convincing in his description of the sense of rage which the son feels at his rejection, and which leads him to engage in gun running for the IRA. have a passing affair with a young Irish nurse, and a final trip on LSD, resulting in the portrayal of an Ireland which is not found in the tourist brochures — rather a compelling story told with much wit. It is a good novel in its own right, but should have special appeal to those who have a real, not just a sentimental. YOUR 10CA1 PEPSI-COLA BOTTLER IS HOLDING THE LINE o« BOTTLE DEPOSITS Many soft drink bottlers in this area have raised their deposit costs 100% ! Your local Pepsi-Cola Bottler has chosen not to join this trend toward higher prices. We're holding the line. We're holding the line because we feel that consumers are being caught in enough of an economic crunch without being asked to pay a greater deposit for returnable bottles ... 100 % greater at that! PEPSI COW Pepsi, Diet Pepsi Mountain Dew Teem, Hires Root Beer and Nesbitt's Flavors BOTTLED BY... PEPSI-COLA BOTTLING COMPANY of CARROLL, IOWA stimulants (such as amphetamines), depressants (such as barbituates, opiates (heroin), cannabis (marijuana), hallucinogens, and cocaine. The research conducted for the state plan showed 821 reported arrests on various kinds of marijuana use and sale charges. Of these, 207 interest in the Irish. — R. Choate RITUALS OF SURGERY By Richard Selzer, (Harper's Magazine Press, $6.95) This is a first collection of short stories written by a surgeon. They are most imaginative and diverse in personalities, locations and times, with, however, a central theme — the field of medicine and surgery. ' There is tenderness, love and a real empathy for the human condition in "Korea", the longest story in the group and one of the best. Others are positively hair-raising and macabre, such a "The Fur Baby" and The Museum "Piece". This is no mere collection of medical grotesqueries but a sensitive, well-written 'statement on many human problems. Each story is engrossing and interesting in a different way. — Pat Doster Times Herald, Carroll, la. - ^ Monday, May 6, 1974 I 2. i nvo'l'ved"j'uven'iies"an'd" 614 were adults. The largest number ol marijuana arrests reportedly occurred in Waterloo (166), with Cedar Rapids next (160). The largest number of juveniles arrested on some kind of marijuana charge was in Burlington (50), while Waterloo tallied 34. The use of this drug seems to be most prevalent in urban areas and especially where large numbers of young people congregate, such as in college or university areas, according to the research. Concerning the attitude in Iowa toward marijuana use, the research report disclosed that during the past few years the attitude has been changing "toward a more liberalized toleration of cannabis use. The impact of this has already been seen in decreased criminal justice system involvement in the control of cannabis use." The report went on: "However,... emergence of more tolerant treatment toward cannabis users does not necessarily mean cultural acceptance . . . The decriminalization of cannabis use as a trend within the state will, however, serve to reduce social and personal costs." Social costs take the form of law enforcement, imprisonment and rehabilitation. As pointed out, statistics are not complete. According to Patricia MacHae, coordinator for the District X Drug Abuse Authority Advisory Council in Des Moines, many cities probably do not report all such arrests since possession of marijuana is an indictable misdemeanor. In the past, information on the marijuana problem has been limited to date trom drug treatment centers and criminal court statistics, Miss MacRae said. "We have a hard time knowing to what extent Iowa has a drug problem because we have nothing to compare it with," she said. The drug cases here are not necessarily the same type that you find in Washington, D.C., or Chicago. Hopefully the survey to be conducted this spring will give us a better picture of drug abuse in Iowa." Toni Fontanini, coordinator of medical services for MIDAC (Mid-Iowa Drug Abuse Council) here, agreed, saying that it's hard to get accurate figures. If someone is in the hospital for drug abuse, she said, the "illness" may be listed as something else so that medical insurance will be paid. But there's not much doubt about the use of marijuana being extensive, in the opinion of G. Hank Mayer, director of the Bureau of Narcotics Drug and Enforcement of the Department of Public Safety. Even though there's no definte trend, marijuana is being extensively used, he said, basing his view on conversations with police officials, governmental officials and narcotics agents. Survey data on the 15 selected cities in Iowa showed: Juveniles Adults Ames 12 47 Mason City 13 24 Fort Dodge 3 24 Sioux City 22 47 Marshalltown 7 4 Waterloo 34 132 Cedar Falls 1 49 Dubuque 1 21 Cedar Rapids 31 129 Iowa City 3 28 Marion 6 11 Des Moines 17 19 West Des Moines 6 3 Council Bluffs 1 10 Burlington 50 66 Total 207 614 Marijuana arrests by type were: (Adult, juvenile, total) Delivery and Intent to Buy — 15,190,205. Possession —137,358,495. Unspecified —55,66,121. (Distributed by the Iowa Daily Press FREE CARNATIONS For Mother on her SPECIAL DAY We want to thank you, Mothers, for helping Nockels during the past year. Because you've been the greatest, Mother, stop in and pick up your FREE CARNATION from NOCKELS. Nothing to purchase. You may come by yourself, bring any member of the family or even a friend. There's simply no obligation whatsoever. It's Nockels way of saying "Happy Mother's Day" regardless of whether you are a customer or a prospect. Offer begins, Tuesday, May 7. 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