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May 18, 1972 - Image 9

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Thursday, May 18, 1972
'Downers'
epidemic
spreading
WASHINGTON (M - Barbitur-
ate abuse h reached epidemic
proportions, according to the
president of the National Dis-
trict Attorneys sociation, tes-
tifying at a Senate hearing.
Young people beween 15 and
25, are affected the most by ad-
diction to barbiturates and am-
phetamines, said William Cahn,
district attorney of Nassau
County in New York.
"Couple the widespread legi-
timate use ofcbarbiturates with
the rising illicit traffic and one
cannot help but recognize that
the stakes in this struggle a r e
the very foundations of o ur
social order," Cahn told -the
subcommittee on juvenile delin-
quency, which is studying drug
abuse.
He said the problem is not
from imports of illicit drugs, as
it is for heroin and marijuana,
but in the illegal channeling of
legitimately manufactured U.S.
pills.
(Addiction to barbiturates, phy-
siological and psychological, can
be more dangerous than heroin
addiction. Although ampheta-
mines do not induce physical de-
pendence, they do have a de-
generative effect on the heart
and kidneys.)
"This phenomenon can only
arise from the failure of phar-
m a c e u t i c a manufacturers,
wholesalers and retail pharma-
cists properly to inventory and
account for their supplies and
maintain their security over such
supplies," Cahn said.
He said uncooperative pharm-
aceutical firms who don't abide
by fairly recent federal controls
should hav their licenses re-
voked and be prosecuted crim-
inally if appropriate.
In addition, Cahn said, p h y-
sicians and medical associations
should regulate and penalize
doctors who irresponsibly p r e-
scribe barbiturates.
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by The Associated Press

WILLY BRANDT, chancellor of West Germany, took advant-
age of massive abstentions to push his controversial treaties
with the Soviet Union and Poland through the Bundestag,
lermany's lower house of parliament.
The treaties, signed in 1970, renounce the use of force and
recognize German territorial losses in World War II.
Final ratification of the treaties depends on a vote of parliament's
upper house.
A NUCLEAR DEVICE, about as powerful as the bomb dropped
on Hiroshima, was detonated underground in Nevada yesterday.
AEC officials described the test as "weapons related."
It was the second underground nuclear test this year.
THE BOEING CO. has applied for a U.S. export license to
sell commercial jets to the People's Republic of China, the Seattle
Times reported yesterday.
Boeing representatives have been in China since last month
to discuss the sale of between three and six 707 passenger jets to the
People's Republic.
GOLD PRICES SOARED to a record $58 an ounce in Zurich,
as rumors of a trade agreement, concerning gold sales, between
the United States and the Soviet Union spread.
Meanwhile, the price of U.S. dollars hit a ten week low on the
Paris exchange.

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