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Page Ten



Friday, July 10, 1970



Friday, July 10, 1970



Union lounge,

Physician supports
methadone clinics

vote fails in

protest set f
Despite being banned from the Union by
General Manager Stanfield Wells, Gay Libera-
tion Front (GLF) met last night in the first floor
Union lounge. At the meeting, attended by mem-
bers of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).
Women's Liberation and Student Government
Council, as well as several interested individuals;
it was decided to hold a general protest of
Wells' action this coming Tuesday in front of
the Union.

r Tuesday
sible. will tentatively meet on Tuesday and.
according to Union bylaws, will take a vote on
Wells' action.
On Tuesday, the groups are planning to
picket, leaflet and put on a guerrilla theater per-
formance. Present plans -call for picketing to
start at 9 a.m.
It was announced that GLF was asking SGC
to start making arrangements for an all-Mich-
igan gay conference. SGC, by an action of the
Regents, arranges all student conferences at the

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he said, many women in his.
program have had normal preg-
nancies and deliveries while on
The regulation also would re-
quire "a very elaborate series
of medical and laboratory tests"
before putting an addict on the
program, Dr. Dole said. "To
deny a smaller hospital, which is
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Wells had barred GLF from the Union after University. The conference is planned to be held otsferming the
he recognized several members of GLF per- Aug. 15. treatment is unreasonable."
forming in a guerrilla theater a week ago last Several of the 40 to 50 people at the meeting
Wedesdy o th Unonstes. t n pontHealth experts stress that
Wednesday on the Union steps. At no point, wanted to issue an ultimatum to the Union methadone treatment is not
however, did he specifically say he would notBor.Tecnesshoeewstlit suabefrseytepive
allow GLF to use the Union on an informal Board. The consensus, however, was to limit suractoner in h s office ae
basis. their action to Tuesday's peaceful protest, and the program requires many sup-
The Union Board, to which Wells is respon- not force a confrontation with the board. porting services, such as psy-
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chiatric supervision and other
Methadone, an addictive drug
similar to morphine, can be used
legally only with a prescription
and was originally intended as
a pain killer. It also can be used
to suppress coughing and. in
come cases, to treat drug with-
drawal symptoms.
Dr. Dole estimates that about
8,000 persons in the United.
States are undergoing metha-
done treatment in about two
dozen major programs and sev-
eral less formal efforts. Some
of them:
There are two methadone pro-
grams in Pittsburgh. The lar-
gest, at the Black Action Clinic.
began in April 1989 and is han-
dling 200 addicts on an out-
patient basis and 12 hospital-
ized patients.
"It's gratifying to see these
people leading normal lives,"
said Ronnie Barfield, assistant
director of counseling. "Their
appearance improves each day
they come here. Some of them
bring their wives and kids with
them and you can just see their
lives perking up."
Pittsburgh's Western Psychi-
atric Hospital, has 45 out-pati-
ents, four in-patients and a
waiting list of about 50. There
have been one or two dropouts
and no arrests.
An agency of the San Fran-
cisco Public Health Department,
the Center for Special Problems,
has 50 out-patients on metha-
done and expects to add 50 in
September. "We have about 80
per cent sucess," said Dr. Barry
Ramer, the director. "By success
we mean the addicts remain on
the program drug-free, employ-
ed or in school and not involved
in any criminal activity."
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-Associated Press
REP. THOMAS MORGAN, (D-Pa), seated, says yesterday he expects a long
eonference with the Senate on the Cosper-Ch reh amendment. Morgan is
ehainan of the House Foreign Affairs Conunittee. With him is Rep. Ross
Adler, (R-Ind), who, with Morgan, voted t. refuse to direct the Hose
conference committee to accept the Senate amendment which would curb
the Ptesident's war powers in Cambodia.
Government files suits
to forc detsegmregio



WASHINGTON ()P-Antiwar forces in
the House lost their initial skirmish on
the Senate's Cooper-Church amendment
yesterday in an atmosphere punctured by
confusion and charges of Nixon admin-
istration arm-twisting.
But when the smoke cleared the House
doves had reached their high water mark
of 153 votes on a Southeast Asia war
The House action sent the foreign mil-
itary sales bill-vehicle for the amend-
ment which limits presidential action in
Cambodia--to a conference with the
"I think it will be a long conference,"
said .Chairman Thomas E. Morgan, (D-
Pa.J, of the House Foreign Affairs Com-
mitten who will head the five-man House
team. "I would say 30 days ought to do
Morgan held out the prospect of some
sort of modification of Cooper-Church
which would give the President flexibil-
ity. But at this point the Senate con-
ferees, headed by Chairman J. W. Ful-
bright, (D-Ark.) , of the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee, appear unyielding.
The closed sessions to hammer out
differences in the bills could begin next
week, Morgan told reporters.
Yesterday's House action developed
after Morgan moved to send the bill to
conference and Rep. Donald W. Riegle
Jr., (R-Mich.), offered a motion to in-
struct the House conferees in advance to
accept Cooper-Church.
That move was tabled or killed on a
237-153 vote. On this test vote, 99 Dem-
ocrats and 138 Republicans joined to kill
Collins jiiry
finally seated
In a surprise move yesterday
afternoon a jury in the John Nor-
man Collins murder case was seat-
ed. Well over 240 prospective jurors
had been examined before the seat-
ing of the 14-member jury was
The defense had been claiming
that it was impossible for Collins,
charged with the slaying of Karen
Sue Beineman, to get a fair trial in
Ann Arbor and had been expected
to utilize more of its peremptory
challenges before agreeing on a
jury. But e a r l y yesterday both
Prosecuting Attorney William Del-
hey and defense attorney Joseph
Louisell elected to accept the jury.
Many prospective jurors had been
excused from duty because the pro-
longed nature of the trial would
prove to be an undue hardship for

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WASHINGTON (W) - The government
yesterday slapped Mississippi with a
statewide school desegregation suit and
filed multi-district suits to force desegre-
gation of 27 school systems in Florida.
Arkansas and South CarolinA.
The 'massive filing is the first of an
anticipated summer push by the Justice
Department to fulfill the Nixon adminis-
tration's stated goal of nrear-total school
desegregation in the South by this fall.
Altogether, the suits are aimed at de-
segregating a total of 46 school districts:
19 in Mississippi, eight in Florida, nine
in Arkansas and 10 in South Carolina.
The Justice Department has said more
than 100 segregated school districts re-
mained in the South less than two
months before schools open in September.
The multi-district suits filed in Florida,
Arkansas and South Carolina name the
individual districts as defendants but
hold state education officials at least
partially responsible for the districts' fail-
ure to dismantle dual school systems for
blacks and whites.
The Mississippi suit names as defend-
ants the state of Mississippi, the Missis-
sippi Board of Education, the state sup-
erintendent of education and the state
educational finance commission.
It seeks court orders requiring the edu-
cation officials to "take immediate af-

firmative action to disestablish the dual
systems of schools based upon race and
to correct the effect of past discrimina-
tion based on race."
A similar suit, filed against state edu-
cation officials in Georgia more than a
year ago, resulted in desegregation of
districts in that state.
Atty. Gen. John Mitchell. who an-
nounced the suits in Washington, said all
46 school districts had been notified they
were not in compliance with federal de-
segregation guidelines and had rejected
government efforts to negotiate voluntary
Justice Department officials said after
the suits were filed, some 76 southern
school districts still remain to be acted
against. The bulk of those districts is in
Texas, where 48 districts still maintain
dual school systems.
The suits ask that the districts report
to the court by Friday, July 17, on results
of attempts to reach agreement on de-
segregation plans. Justice officials said
if the districts do not submit plans then,
the Department of Health, Education and
Welfare will submit plans to the court
for the districts.
Court hearings on the plans are ex-
pected to begin during the first week of

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NEW YORK )---A pioneer in the use
of methadone to treat heroin addicts
charges that proposed federal regulations
governing community methadone pro-
grams contain key provisions that are
unreasonable and unworkable.
Dr. Vincent P. Dole of Rockefeller Uni-
versity said the proposed regulations were
put together by the government "with es-
sentially no consultation with knowl-
edgable people in the field."
Dr. Dole's charges, made in an inter-
view, mark the newest controversy in the
storiy history of methadone, a narcotic
being used increasingly in many commun-
ity programs across the nation to help
hard-core drug addicts kick the habit.
In a methadone program, the addict is
given a dose of methadone each day. Be-
cause it is a narcotic, and is itself addic-
tive, the patient remains addicted, but he
does not get "high" because methadone
is given orally rather than injected.
Although he is giving up heroin, the
addict does not suffer withdrawalsymp-
toms because of the methadone. In ad-


Doctor backs methadone

dition, the methadone blocks the effects
of any heroin the addict might take fur-
tively, preventing him from getting a
heroin "high."
All this, the argument runs, allows the
addict to break the heroin habit, elim-
inates the need for criminal activity to
pay for the expensive habit while leaving
him capable of rehabilitation, working or
going to school.
Dr. Dole, with Dr. Marie Nyswander,
his wife, began the use of methadone at
Rockefeller University in 1964. The most
recent evaluation, involving 2,862 pati-
ents, was that the program is a success
and should be continued and expanded.
Some critics, however, noting that the
addict remains on methadone indefinite-
ly, argue that one narcotic is merely being
substituted for another. Others say those
chosen for the program are so carefully
screened, and so highly motivated, that
it would be hard not to succeed, that some
othe rapproach also would succeed with
these people. -
The FDA said at the time that "inter-

ested parties" had 30 days to submit
But an FDA spokesman conceded Wed-
nesday that there has been "substantial
objection by a number of parties," and
that a decision is pending on whether
to hold public hearings.
The proposed regulations, Dr. Dole said,
exclude from methadone programs any-
one who is pregnant, or who has a psy-
chosis, a serious physical disease or who
is under 18. Instead, the regulations say.
these people should be hospitalized and
withdrawn from narcotics. "This is un-
workable," Dr. Dole said.
Using methadone, he argued, it is now
possible to reach persons who are psy-
chotic or who have for instance, tuber-
culosis and who are hard-core heroin
users. "Before," he said, "they would be
running off all the time without taking-
their medicine for tuberculosis."
Further, he continued, if you take a
pregnant woman off methadone, she'll go
back to heroin. For the last three years.
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