The hypocrisy of Issa’s ‘NIMBY’ panelEditorial, Top Highlights Thursday, September 1st, 2016
Not in my backyard (NIMBY) is a phrase used for an effort used by residents of a particular neighborhood to prevent a certain organization or business from moving in. Most famously, NIMBY is usually a fight around locating a prison or the housing of sex offenders, but it has also been used against businesses like Walmart. The concept has now extended to residential addiction treatment facilities and sober living homes.
Congressman Darrell Issa of the 49th District is holding a “community panel” on Sept. 1 to discuss the issues concerning sober living homes in his neighborhood. His goal is to allow communities to prevent sober living homes and residential treatment facilities from existing in his mostly pristine district.
It is unconscionable for Issa to think that the over 700,000 people in his district don’t need local addiction treatment. Issa and his ilk think that a community like Laguna Nigel, Vista or Del Mar should be able to pass a law that says we do not want addiction treatment facilities or sober living homes in our neighborhood.
Of the 700,000 people in Issa’s district, 12 percent suffer from Substance Use Disorder or 84,000 individuals. 10 percent of those who suffer from addiction will seek treatment in the next year. That means 8,400 people in Issa’s district will need to be treated by a substance use disorder provider or may need housing in a sober living home. By the way, the heroin crisis is being driven by suburban whites. Where does Issa think the people from his district should seek treatment? The simple answer is in your neighborhood because you are not rich like his neighbors.
NIMBY, not in my backyard. I want my heroin addicted son to seek treatment in your neighborhood or city, far away from my house. Just like in the old days when wealthy parents jettisoned their teenage pregnant daughter far away because of the stigma.
Addicted people who seek treatment are also stigmatized and Congressman Issa’s plan is to add to that stigmatization. You can seek treatment, just not in Laguna Niguel, San Clemente, Del Mar or Vista. We get it Issa, let’s ghettoize addiction treatment so your precious eyes and your neighbors don’t have to see it. Kind of what you have done with the homeless. The only difference is the people seeking addiction treatment are your sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, mothers and fathers.
San Diego LGBT Weekly
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