I was very bothered by an article that I read from CBS. It stated that an Ohio lawmaker wants to stop first responders from responding to opioid overdoses. has already allowed a sheriff to refuse his deputies from carrying the opioid antidote Naloxone because of safety concerns. Now he wants to implement a 3 strike rule and arrest the overdose patient and force them to do community services to pay off the cost of treatment, If they do not, then service will not show up a third time.
I took this quote from the article:
“My message to addicts is, yeah, stay away from Middletown,” Picard said. “Cause we might not show up to treat you. It’s reality.”
I was like, “What country is this? This can not be a State in America!” Shocked doesn’t describe the feelings I felt. He is wanting to play God by choosing who can live and who can die. I want to know what gives him the right to even think he can play God with lives of others.
If he gets away with any of these atrocities he is trying to implement, then he might as well impose concentration camps and drug ghettos with large walls so he can, and I quote: “make sure this city can continue to function and provide services to its citizens.” As if those that O.D. on opioids are not citizens.
I have heard and read all the studies that say forcing people into drug rehab has no effect unless they want to get better. But that’s the 6-week detox standard programs. Why not improve the programs in rehab? Extend it to 3 months, address the detox for six weeks and then deal with the mental aspect of the problem that leads to drug use and the overdose. When a shooting happens everyone yells we need more mental health care availability, but actually, in fact, drug overdoses will kill far more people in the long run and we should all be yelling for more mental healthcare every day.
I wrote an article before on where opioids originated. Maybe Mr. Picard should have a good look into the history of opioids before he even thinks of making new laws.
* K. Waters
Writer, Blogger, Mother