From the October 1971 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Government Action Takes Time

On July 1, 1973, the so-called Myers Bill--named after State Sen. Kenneth Myers--will take effect. Basically, the bill abolishes the crime of public intoxication. If found drunk by a policeman, an individual will either be taken home or to a community-based treatment center where he can be detoxified and counseled.

Under other provisions, any three persons, through a signed affidavit and a doctor's recommendation, could successfully petition a county judge to commit an alcoholic for treatment for 28 days. The procedure is the same as that now used to declare an individual mentally incompetent.

-- Herald

Miami, Florida

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