their youngest niece Beth, Who's staying with them for the
summer. I'll bet you'd like her.
She's not very pretty, and she
wears glasses, but she's very
vivacious and lots of fun to
talk to and . . . why, I'll bet
you'd really have a good time
with her. And then there's
another girl I'd like you to meet
- Linda Gresham. A friend of
Daisey Sansamino's. She's a
widow and probably a few years
older than you, but she's so
sweet and a real beauty, and
just dying to be taken places."
Mrs. Hortley was about to
describe another eligible girl,
when for the first time whe
noticed the necktie her son
was wearing. She had been
nagged by its familiarity, and
now she remembered it. It was
the striped red and black tie
Rick Leveridge had given to
Glenn for Christmas - oh,
nearly five years ago, yet it
seemed almost brand-new. Mrs.
Hartley gazed at it in silence.
Glenn wrinkled his brow,
his bewilderment obvious. He
started to say something, but
then the bewilderment vanished
and gave way to realization.
.He gave her a sheepish, painful
"Yap, yap, yap," said
Mrs. Hartley. "How I do babble
on!" Slowly, almost hesitantly
she finished her drink, and
then she smiled back at him,
but said nothing.
1971 - The Year of the
"The Year of the Middle-Class Junkie," is what two
prominent doctors are calling 1971. Dr. David J. Bentel
and Dr. David E. Smith are co-directors of the University
of California's Drug Abuse Information Project.
In this article by Dr. Bentel and Dr. Smith, they report on
the rapid spread of drug abuse beyond the ghettos, into
the more affluent homes of America.
Heroin, recent newspaper headlines proclaim, is no
longer limited to the "lower classes," but is now infecting
the sons and daughters of respectable, well-to-do citizens
of middle-class and upper-class America.
1971 has become the year of the Middle-Class Junkie.
Shocked, distraught, unbe
lieving parents who discover
that their son or daughter is
a heroin addict are demanding government and community response to deal with
Investigations reveal that
young, teen-age white kids,
just like the kids in the ghetto slums, rob, steal and prostitute — "hustle" — on the
streets to support drug habits of $25, $50 and even
$150 a day.
An 18-year-old son of a well-
to-do Mill Valley, Calif., resident committed 376 burglaries
of local homes to support his
$150 a day habit which required that he steal and
"fence" $500 to $600 a day
worth of merchandise.
Selling drugs to other kids in
school is another common way
to finance a drug habit. In
some high schools, the boys'
lavatory is called "the drug
store" because of the volume
of illicit business done between
Police in most of the larger
cities agree generally that almost 50 percent of all property
crimes are committed by
young heroin addicts desperate
to get enough cash together to
make their "connection."
Dr. George Gay, Chief of the
San Francisco Haight-Ashbury
Medical Clinic's drug detoxification section, feels that the
new style heroin users are sick
because their lives and their
world are sick, in spite of affluence. They are almost totally alienated from the rest of
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even see much good in it.
They feel that they have
been betrayed and deserted
by their parents, their teachers and their society. So they
drop out, sometimes literally.
Heroin, they feel, is their best
or perhaps only path of escape.
Drugs are the current "in"
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has heard about them, some
have tried them, but all are
curious. The average kids from
good families who experiment
with drugs are not mentally
uX but rather going through
the normal process of adolescent turmoil.
Drug use is an excellent
way of rebelling because the
conventional morality considers it "so bad."
There is a tremendous information gap between parent
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