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IMAGE ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED• ALL RIGHTS RESERVED• USE SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. PAGE 4 THE FLORALA NEWS- THUR SDAY, FEBRUARY 12, mmmm mmm mmmm mmm m tmare II III A Pharmacist's Viewpoint Since WWlI science has produced many "miracle" drugs', that have saved thousands of lives. Many of you reading this article are alive because of drugs developed by modern medical science. These miracle drugs are very powerful. They must be used with great caution. When prescribed by a physician and dispensed by a pharma- cist, these drugs can save lives--when misused they can ruin lives. When properly used, they can ease pain-- when misused they can cause pain. Drugs can cure illness or call illness, depending on how we use them. We must regain respect for drugs. Today, it has almost reached the point that when we see the word "Drugs" our first thought is narcotics, mari- juana, LSD, pep pills, etc. We think of drugs as a means of getting an illicit thrill. As a pharmacist, 1 have been alarmed over the misuse and abuse of drugs for many years. Traditionally, drug abuse has always been a low class habit. It has always been a problem in the slums and ghettos. Paregoric was one of their favorites--it was cheap, legal, easily obtained and produced to some degree the feeling they desired. I think any pharmacist will agree with me when I say, "We could spot them when they walked in the door." The ethical pharmacist refused to sell to them and tried to discourage their return. Today paregoric is dispensed on a doctor's prescription only. Drug abuse is no longer a low-class habit. This is what has alarmed our society today. This is what has increa- sed my concern. When it was confined to the lower classes and used by "dope fiends" instead of "drug abusers," we ignored it, turned our backs on it and so to speak, "swept it under the rug." This attitude was one of our greatest mistakes. Since the early 1900's there has been a spiraling in- crease in the use of hallucinogenic drugs by teenagers and young adults. Today is has the image of being the "in" thing, it's cool, it's glamorous. Education must destroy this image. I have had young people ask me if I thought marijuana would be tomorrow's alcohol. To me it sounded ridiculous, to them it sounded reasonable. This brings up another point that as adults we must face. We adults are just as guilty of drug abuse as any teenager. Ever)time we point one finger at teenagers, we can point another finger at ourselves. The major difference I have observed is that adults tend to abuse drugs that are legal when obtained by prescription such as sleeping pills and pep pills; whereas teenagers tend to abuse illegal drugs, drugs that have no legitimate medicinal use such as marijuana, LSD and heroin. The busy executive who takes tranqulliers four to five times daily to relax, the housewife who stays a little bit high on diet pills, the many adults who have to take sed- atives to go to sleep--they are guilty of abusing drugs. Where the blame lies and how extensive his "sickness" is can be a matter of debate. That people, other than ad- dicts and hippies, are drug abusers is a fact. And every drug abuser has long hair. In 1965 the Federal Government passed the Drug Abuse Control Amendments. The purpose of the amendments wag to prevent the misuse of, and illicit traffic in depres- sants, stimulants, hallucinogens and other non-narcotic drugs that have a potential for abuse because of their ef- fect on the central nervous system. Stimulants and depre- ssants, and other central nervous system drugs which have proven therapeutic value, may be sold legally with a phy- sician's prescription. The hallucinogens have no proven therapeutic value at this time and are not legally avail- able. Prescriptions for the "controlled" drugs mentioned above, may not be filled or refilled more than six months after the date of issue or refilled more than five times. However, the physician may authorize a new prescription when its necessary refills if more of the medication is needed after the first six months. These amendments have added lots of additional work for the pharmacists across the nation, but we feel that they are needed and the good they do offsets the extra work required of us. Today, we are required to keep the same inventory controls on depressants, stimulants and tranquilizers as we do on narcotics. Ever)time I talk on drug abuse, some parents asks what they can do if their child is taking unprescribed drugs. This is completely out of my field. However, I would like to offer a few very basic concrete suggestions to parents. AVOID PANIC. A panic reaction can serve only to alie- nate the person further and to confuse what should be straight-forward and objective. KEEP THE LINES OF COMMUNICATIONS OPEN. En- couraging an atmosphere in which the teenager feels free to confide in you and to discuss his problems is an im- portant first step. Many parents, however, feel uncomfort- able and defensive about discussing drugs with their teen- agers. This is sometimes due to the awareness of our own inconsistencies in the use of everyday substances like alcohol and tobacco. AVOID SCARE TACTICS. This method is usually inef- fective because the teenager's knowledge frequently contra- dicts them. Given the facts, youngsters often quickly res- pond. AVOID CREATING AN ATMOSPHERE OF DISTRUST AND SUSPICION. An attitude of suspicion and constant survel- liance will not eliminate the problem. It would, however, almost certainly destroy the feeling of trust and confi- dence that is so essential between child and parent. BE WELL-INFORMED YOURSELF ABOUT DRUGS. As a parentyou must inform yourself about drugs. You must be able to talk with them (this also helps keep the lines of communication open). Chances are, your child already knows much more about drugs than you do-- so get busy you've got lots of catching up to do..~ -~.. Drug abuse is one of the most complex problems this country has ever faced. Each time a person abuses drugs he creates a health problem, a legal problem, a social problem, a moral problem--the list could go on and on. What the solution to this problem is no one seems to know. Of tjere os a somg;e grpi" pf "ep';e tjat cam sp;ve tjos complex problem, I would say that it is the teenagers bet- ter than anyone else. In closing, let me say, from a pharmacist's viewpoint, drugs still have a legitimate, respectable place in our society. We must, however, put them back and keep them in their proper perspective. That of helping mankind-- not hurting mankind. BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE! We must stem the epidemic of drug-abuse. We must educate ourselves and our children to the dangers. We must work with national and local organ. Izations to set up Information Cen- ters, Drug Rehabilitation Programs. 2 ND Part Of A 4 Part Series This series is sponsored by following firms who take an active interest in our youth, WOODHAM AUTO PARTS Cumming Avenue Opp, Alabama Telephone 493-3565 CAB FLORIST Old Perry Store Road Opp, Alabama Telephone 493-7'/13 CHILDRE'S BEAUTY SHOP 702 East Ida Avenue Opp, Alabama Telephone 493-3698 FARMER'S CAFE Covington Avenue Opp, Alabama Telephone 493-4801 SHARPE TRUCKING INC. West By-Pass Andalusia, Alabama Telephone 222-2515 COVINGTON ELECTRONICS INC. Covington Mall Andalusia, Alabama Telephone Z22-1915 PALMER BODY SHOP 305 South 3-Notch Andalusia, Alabama Telephone 222-1846 WESTSIDE UPHOLSTERY 1210 Cumming Avenue Opp, Alabama Telephone 493-3714 JEAN'S BEAUTY SHOPPE East Covington Avenue Opp, Alabama Telephone 493-4731 THE OLD BARN Barnes Street Opp, Alabama Telephone 493-6138 RAY DORSEY AUTOMOTIVE PARTS Woodham Opp, Alabama Telephone 496-35Z9 ADAMS FARM SUPPLY Highway 331 Opp, Alabama Telephone 496-3035 BRYANT CONSTRUCTION CO. I01 Moore Avenue OpP, Alabama Telephone 493-6226 BOUTWELLS RED & WHITE SUPERMARKET Covington Avenue Opp, Alabama Telephone 493-$221 NORTHEY'S GROCERY Florsla Highway Opp, Alabama Telephone 493-3612 BOOTHS TRACTOR CO. Florala Highway Opp, Alabama Telephone 463-7738 JONES MEN SHOP INC. East Covington Avenue Opp, Alabama Telephone 495-7216 FLOYD ICE & COLD STORAGE Cumming Avenue Opp, Alabama Telephone 493-6041 HILLTOP MEAT CO. Kinston Highway Opp, Alabama Telephone 493-4124 CITY DAIRY-DISTR. OF BARBER'S MILK Brantley Highway Opp, Alabama Telephone 496-6160 THE BAR-B-Q RANCH Florala Highway Opp, Alabama Telephone 493.-79.19 ATOMIC EXTERMINATORS College Opp, Alabama Telephone 493-4336 BOB TAYLOR'S HOME SERVICES Covington Avenue Opp, Alabama Telephone 493-3456 DAIRY QUEEN Florala Highway Opp, Alabama Telephone 493-4601 MAGIC MIRROW BEAUTY SHOP Industrial Park Opp, Alabama Telephone 493-7972 BASS OIL CO. 29 By-Pass North Andalusia, Alabama Telephone 9.22-4580 MARSHALL'S FUNERAL HOME t30 North Cotton Street Andalusia, Alabama Telephone 322-4092 EVANS-BROWN SERVICE FUNERAL HOME North Sixth Street Florala, Alabama Telephone 858-1765 SMITH INSURANCE AGENCY East Fifth Avenue Florala, Alabama Telephone 858-2945 FLORALA REALTY CO. 1413 East Fifth Avenue Florala, Alabama Telephone 958-0160 HOOTEN EQUIPMENT CO. North Fifth Street Florala, Alabama Telephone 858-0711 DAIRY KING Samson Road Fiorala, Alabama Telephone 858-5188 THE FASHION SHOP East Fifth Avenue Florala, Alabama Telephone 858-2395 FARMER'S SEED STORE North Fifth Florala, Alabama Telephone 858-34N MACIE'S FLOWER & BAKE SHOP Highway 85-south Florala, Alabama Telephone 834-7412 LEO'S CITGO SERVICE 100 North Sixth Street Florala, Alabama Telephone 858-8~81 BANK OF FLORALA East Fifth Avenue Florala, Alabama Telephone 858-3165 GEORGE'S FRONT END SERVICE West Fifth Avenue Florala, Alabama Telephone 858-4622 GOOLSBY FARM SUPPLY 400 South Ninth Street Florala, Alabama Telephone 858-6395 BIG R DRIVE INN East Fifth Avenue Florala, Alabama Telephone 858-6124 LINDA'S DINETTE West Fifth Avenue Florala, Alabama Telephone 858-9905 SPORTS CENTER INC. Highway 85-South Florala, Alabama Telephone 858-7566 SMITH'S 66 SERVICE STATION East Fifth Avenue Florala, Alabama Telephone 858-9995 FINK'S MILLING CO. Route Three Samson, Alabama Telephone 858-1185 SUE'S BEAUTY SALON Lockhart, Alabama Telephone 858-7997 STAGGER'S IGA FOODLINER Paxton, Florida Telephone 834-4834 J. T. ALBRITTON GULF Williams Andalusia, Alabama Telephone ZZZ-423Z SAM CARROLL MEMORIALS 300 Sanford Road Andalusia, Alabama Telephone 222-1764 HAMMETT DRILLING Route Two, Box 203 Andalusia, Alabama Telephone 222-3562 FOSHEE MILLING CO. Crum Foshee Red Level, Alabama Telephone 469-5371 SOLOMON FEED & FERTILIZER P. O. Box 8 Gantt, Alabama Telephone 388-2561 LOCKHART LUMBER CO. Highway 55-East Lockhart, Alabama Telephone 858-596Z KENDRICK'S FLORIST & BON JEAN STYLE SHOP North Third Street Florala, Alabama Telephone858-1004 OPP & MICOLAS MILLS Opp, Alabama Telephone 493-3531 CHAMBLESS GARAGE Highway 331 South Opp, Alabama Telephone 493-6451 THE WARDROBE DRESS SHOP Covington Avenue Opp, Alabama Telephone 493-4634 H. B. PAULK GROCERY CO., INC. Covington Avenue Opp, Alabama Telephone 493-3255 YOUNGS FLORIST 407 East Stewart Opp, Alabama Telephone 493-4566 OPP CONCRETE CO. Perry Store Road Opp, Alabama Telephone 493-3087 BENTON'S SNACK BAR Maloy Opp, Alabama Telephone 493-6264 THE FOUR SONS CLUB " ~Formerly Elaaor's Rest & Lounge) lorala Highway Florala, Alabama Telephone 493-$415 MARY'S BEAUTY SHOP Blue Springs Opp, Alabama Telephone 495-4?98 FAUSTINE'S & LUCILE'S BEAUTY SHOP 205-B Church Andalusix, Alabama Telephone 2|P--1811 THE "T" GROCERY & SERVICE STATION Andalusia Hil0sway Opp, Alabama Telephone 496-3t58 BROOM'S WELDING & REPAIR SERVICE Z01 East Watson Andaluala, Alabema Telephone I|Z-~IiZ BENTLEY V.W. REPAIR SHOP 106 West By-Pass Andalusia, Alabama Telephone 222-2014 HI-STYLE BEAUTY SALON 1029 East 3-Notch Andalusia, Alabama Telephone 222-1850 SIGHTLER'S GROCERY Florala Highway Andalusi.a, Alabama Telephone 222-6876 SEARS AUTHORIZED CATALOGUE Sales Merchant, North Fifth Street Florala, Alabama Telephone 858-6002 BOOTH DRUG CO. Henry Wilson, Owner East Fifth Avenue Florala, Alabama Telephone 858-3271 MARIE'S BEAUTY SHOP East Fifth Avenue Florala, Alabama Telephone 858-4288 TASTEE-FREEZE North Sixth Florals, Alabama Phone 858-6901 VANITY BEAUTY SHOP 408 Second Street East Florala, Alabam~ Telephone 858-0265 MERTON REEVES WOOD & METAL WORK North Sixth Street Florala, Alabama Telephone 858-3465 MORGAN'S RADIO & TV SERVICE 1317 East Fifth Avenue Florala, Alabama Telephone 858-644? MICKELSON REFRIGERATION SERVICE Route One Florala, Alabama Telephone 858-6081 HOLMES GULF SERVICE East Fifth Avenue Florala, Alabama Telephone 858-3411 OPP PECAN CO. - GROVER MOONEY, PRESIDENT Kinston Highway Opp, Alabama Telephone 493-3005 ANDERSON'S PEANUTS Samson Highway Opp, Alabama Telephone 493-3042