America’s heroin epidemic isn’t a new story. In fact it is an old story that is just now getting the attention it deserves.
Prescription companies have been pushing opioid products on the American public for years and years now and the ramifications are finally being addressed.
One of the more positive inventions that have come out of this crisis is a drug called Narcan that can reverse an overdose almost instantly.
Law enforcement, paramedics, and even sometimes members of the public, carry this miracle drug with them in order to help their fellow man, unless you’re in Butler county.
The sheriff of Butler County in Ohio, Richard K. Jones, says that his officers don’t carry Narcan because it is “dangerous” and “sucking the taxpayers dry.”
One dose of Narcan costs $37.50.
The reasoning behind this is twofold: the first being that the paramedics usually arrive at the same time and are “more equipped” to use Narcan, the second being that the people who OD are not happy to see police officers.
Now, ignoring the fact that you have almost died – your body jumps back after being forced into an immediate withdrawal and this is an extremely jarring process – the victims of heroin overdoses obviously do not want to see cops because that means their lives might be ruined.
The American “drug war,” or the war on drug users, views the addicts as the perpetrators of the crime, not victims. This mentality often leads to victims being locked up for many years, receiving now help, becoming vilified, and then falling into the same cycle.
It seems Sheriff Jones has his solution to the problem, reform his own police force to work with the addicts who need help.
Want someone to be happy to see the cops? Give them a reason to be happy.
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