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Page 2-Friday, July21, 1978---The Michigan Daily

Bourne, the White House expert on drug
abuse who himself became enmeshed
in a drug-related problem, resigned
yesterday, saying he wanted to spare
President Carter additional em-
"I felt I owed it to the president to
free him of this burden," Bourne told
The Associated Press. "I felt it wasn't
fair to him," especially with Carter's
news conference last night.
less than 24 hours after he admitted
writing a prescription for a potent
sedative to a fictitious name and was
granted a paid leave of absence from
his $51,000-a-year job.
The prescription has led to in-
vestigations by District of Columbia
and suburban Virginia police. It also
brought a flood of criticism, some of it
from White House staffers who felt
Bourne should have quit following
Wednesday's disclosure.
Some aides feared that the luster of
Carter's summit performance last
weekend would be lost at the news con-
ference by questions about Bourne.
IN AN EFFORT to dispel that
problem, Bourne submitted his
resignation shortly after 3 p.m. EDT. It

quits administrative post
was officially announced just minutes psychiatrist, predicted that drug enforcement officials. It is also
later by White House press secretary "somehow" he would be vindicated by considered a frequently abused
Jody Powell. the American system of justice. because of its alleged apharodisiac as
In a voice heavy with fatigue, Bourne Bourne admitted he had written a well as sedative effects. Only such
said he had not talked with Carter prescription for Quaaludes, a brand drugs as heroin and LSD are under
before submitting his letter. Powell name for methaqualone, using a fic- stricter federal control.
agreed that it had been Bourne's titious name in place of the name of Ms. Metsky, described by friends as
decision alone. Ellen Metsky, his -administrative depressed after breaking up with a
"There's been no change in the facts assistant for whom the drug was inten- boyfriend, said in a statement she did
of the situation," Bourne said in a ded not have time to fill the prescription
telephone interview. "I wanted to see Methaqualone is a controlled drug and gave it to a friend and former
what would happen this morning. The prescribed medically to induce sleep in roommate, Toby Long, 26, of
spinoffs are still continuing." cases of severe insomnia, according to Washington.
BOURNE SAID HE has no long-term
plans but expects to leave for
somewhere in the South for a weekend
rest. He added: "I guess I'll start with
the want ads on Monday." inal Plymouth
In his letter of resignation, Bourne
spoke bitterly of "constant and unrelen-
ting attacks on me by those who seek to
"Of all the people in the world to
whom I intend no disfavor, you, Mrs. (Contnuedfrom PageOne)
Carter, and your family and staff rank smaller community centers as a
at the top of the list." before the effects of any substantial significant step to solving the mental
FIRST LADY Rosalynn Carter, who changes could be seen. health problem.
has worked closely with Bourne on The committee recommended that a "To get people out of the big in-
mental health issues, said the news that new system of hiring methods for em- stitutions to the littler places is a major
Bourne had resigned made her "very ployees, featuring a new oral appraisal move to controlling the abuse
sad." to measure an applicant's emotional situation," said Cohen.
Bourne, 38, a British-born fitness, should be instituted at the cen- He added that acting Plymouth
ter. The task force concluded that many Director David Rosen had already sent
instances of abuse result from the at- ten reisdents to the placement centers.
tendant not knowing how to restrain Rosen has long been an avid supporter



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residents without hurting them.
THE COMMITTEE identified the
conditon, "burn-out," as a major
problem of Plymouth employees.
"Burn-out" is visible when attendants
show high absenteeism,
demoralization, apathy, and reduced
interaction with residents on the job.
To counter "burn-out," the task force
suggested Plymouth administrators
"should offer a variety of tasks to liven
interest for employee participation out-
side job positions."
The task force strongly endorsed a
policy establishing community
placement centers to replace the large
COHEN SAID he views the transfer
of Plymouth residents, or patients at
other major state institutions to
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of the smaller centers.
THE TASK FORCE censured the
poorly organized release of public in-
formation in agencies and from in-
dividuals who are required to report
suspected or actual abuse. However,
there was no mention of an organized
effort to cover up the large-scale abuses
which occurred at the center.
Cohen said yesterday he was satisfied
with the $70 million increase in the
mental health budget for 1979 fiscal
year but warned further increases will
be needed in coming years.
The task force concluded that the
causes of abuse and neglect result from
a variety of factors. They referred to
the "extensive abuse in the family and
community, the extent of violence in
our nation and the entire world and the
continued display of violence on TV and
in the press," as the major causes.
"I've never seen an abuser of a child
who wasn't abused himself," said
The committee said more in-depth
research is necessary to study the "un-
derlying causes of abuse and neglect in
our society."

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