Supervised drug use sites alone won’t solve the problem. Here’s why

Regarding “Gov. Newsom, please don’t veto supervised drug sites” (Bay Area & Business, Aug. 10): Perhaps we can learn from other countries. Switzerland opened a drug consumption site in the 1980s in a park in Zurich. Soon the park was hijacked by thousands of heroin users and dealers. This open-drug scene led to high HIV infection rates and many drug overdose deaths and high crime rates. It got so bad that the park had to be closed.

In 1994, the Swiss government incorporated a comprehensive drug policy law that ultimately led to significant drops in death and infection rates. This policy is based on four pillars: prevention, treatment, harm reduction (needles exchange programs, legalized drug consumption rooms) and law enforcement (targeting drug dealers).

What we can learn from this approach is that creating drug consumption sites alone does not solve the problem, it actually makes it worse. We need a comprehensive drug policy first, and not just at the local level, but at the state or even federal level.

Joerg Herrmann, San Francisco

What about other lies?

Many will celebrate Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney’s courage in standing against Trump’s Big Lie at the cost of her political career. I will celebrate her when she comes out and condemns the BIGGER Lie her father told when he orchestrated the propaganda around the weapons of mass destruction that led to the illegal US invasion of Iraq.

Five people died as a result of Jan. 6, 5,000 US soldiers died in Iraq, thousands more came home permanently impaired and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis died in the civil strife that followed the invasion. It’s a little late to find a conscience, Liz.

John Ahlbach, Pacifica

Close Diablo Canyon

Regarding “Newsom proposes nuclear closure delay to bolster grid” (Bay Area & Business, Aug. 13): Both nuclear power and nuclear weapons are making headlines this week. For the second time during Russia’s war on Ukraine, a power plant has been attacked with dangerous potential consequences. Sensitive nuclear documents appear to have been brought to Mar-a-Lago for an unknown purpose. Important anti-proliferation agreements are being challenged or weakened by Russia. These are risky times.

But, hooray, these are also exciting times of opportunity, because we have finally passed a bill for reducing energy use, which will forestall the drastic consequences of climate change. This is a galvanizing moment to make progress without having to rely on fossil fuels and nuclear power.

Therefore, one must question Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recommendation to delay the decommissioning of Diablo Canyon Power Plant, which is already compromised by its location near an earthquake fault. Finalizing such a decision by the end of August means caving in to PG&E and the California Independent System Operator. This stopgap measure is in no way a sensitive bridge for continuous energy use; its indeed a bridge too far.

Douglas Peckler, San Francisco

No privilege involved

Regarding “Jenkins defends work for group linked to recall” (Front Page, Aug. 16): San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins refusal to disclose the $153.00 of work she did for the nonprofit organization paired with the campaign to recall Chesa Boudin on the grounds of “attorney-client privilege” makes no sense. Attorney-client privilege protects communication with a client in connection with current or likely litigation, not research in general.

This is the trick that the tobacco companies used for decades to hide their illegal and unethical activities.

As district attorney, Jenkins should understand this distinction and not make such spurious claims to avoid full disclosure.

Stanton Glantz, San Francisco

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