2002-10-12 / Letters

Praising The Dragon

Praising The Dragon

Dear Editor;

After reading last week's column "Enter The Dragon," I would like to address this letter to The G-man. Good for you! I feel such a sense of pride and unity whenever I read your articles-you renew my belief in humanity. Yes, it is right to stand up for what you believe in, what is right, and the truth knows no race or creed. I applaud you for your honesty in all of your dealings with people. You are a great role model for the entire community, I hope everyone on the peninsula reads and reflects on what you write. I don't always like or even agree with everything you say, but I know you tell it straight, you take a stand for what you believe in and you know the difference between right and wrong! Bravo!

While your most recent article caused me to write, one from a few weeks back disturbs me more. I have great concern about young people using the amyl or butyl nitrate canisters to get high. But even more shocking to me in that article was all the people you went to who didn't know anything at all about this or how it was being abused!! In my opinion those people in the pharmacies, doctor's offices, police precincts should have known damn well what those little silver canisters were and exactly how they were being used and how they are obtained. I think the lack of knowledge is appalling! How is it that I, who have no connection to the medical or police know what this item is, and how it is used to get high and these people don't?

What I want to share with you is this: concerned parties in our community made it a point to visit all the commercial establishments and make the owners aware of the "poppers" and how they were used. The item is no longer available on the western end of the peninsula, and that was done way before your article appeared. But it does not stop there G-Man. Every restaurant and bar owner, manager and bartender should be aware of how the little silver canister is used as well since they usually have them on hand to propel the whip cream used in desserts and fancy drinks. Their employees have easy access to them and the owner/manager may not be aware that they are being "stolen" and then abused by young people in a manner that could endanger their lives.

I hope you bring up this issue again, as well as "huffing" in general. If people are unaware of amyl nitrate, they are probably also unaware of "huffing" and the huge variety of everyday household items that can and are used for this dangerous high. Thanks for listening and keep on keeping on!

TRICIA SHEEHAN


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