Quick statement about my town,and naloxone.

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I will get right to the point. In July of this year (2016), we had already had more overdoses than we did in the previous 10 years, and all were contributed to an illicit opiate and a needle. This past week, October 3-7, we have had over 12 more overdoses. I used to hate those who overdosed because doctors see that, and are afraid to Rx any pain medication- well, some of them are.

Anyhow, in our community paper this past Tuesday, there was an article that mentioned the local YMCA was going to be giving a free training class on "Opioid Overdoses and Reversals." On the surface, that looked fine. After re-reading the article, I realized it said that "those in attendence will receive a free "reveral kit", and be given proper instructions at to how to use it.

Those of you who are my friends here, like Goat, know that I think this is a God awful idea. It simply spreads the wrong message by saying, hey, we've got naloxone here, if you overdose, I'l shoot you up with the reversal drug. I was sicked to see that. I know some people will come along and tell me I'm being too harsh since these addicts can not help it. Fair enough in regards to the addicts not being able to help it- but what about those of us who have to live in neighborhoods where this stuff happens frequently? Property value goes down as the hooligans and drug addicts move in and ruin the neighborhood.

Lastly, and I am 100% positive that this will make me catch heat: After the first time that medical personal rush to the scene to reverse an illicit opiate overdose (I say illicit due to the filter), the person who overdose should, at the very least, be ticketed. Firefighters are trained to fight fires, although the majority of them are also darn good paramedics.

In summation, I find this whole even deplorable (sorry Donald Trump for using your absolutely ridiculous word there). If an addict knows that they have naloxone laying by, what is going to keep them from pushing the envelope to the point they do need a naltrexone shot? It is really sad. We have homeless families here in my town who sleep under bridges when it's cold, have no air conditioning when it's hot, and live absolutely miserable lives. We not help these people first, before we start helping the out of control drug addict? Also, insurance or not, I believe each overdose victim should have a voluntary medical stay at the hospital for 72 hours- the same amount of time that A person who self-harms themselves through cutting their skin or threatens to kill themselves all the time.

Yes, Naloxone will save people. Most likely, the same darn people that have already been saved before. If the patients dont learn, lock them up so they can go through their withdrawals and come out a better person.

OK, that was my rant for this morning. I am sure if anyone ansers this, they will most likely disagree with what I had to say, and that is fine. I will not budge on my belif system regarding addicts who constaly tie up the first responders, even though the first responders have other runs they need to be on.

Yes, an addict's life matters. However, it is the addict themselves who are putting themselves in harms way. I sympathize with those who are in the grips of addiction to opioids, but disagree with our community having town hall meetings with the sole purpose of showing how to check the airway, and administer narcan.

Again all thoughts and comments are welcome. If someone can prove me wrong, I will redact my statement. Just a heads up, though. If you ask me something corny, like: "what if it was your siser who was overdosing?" I will tell you right now- spare youself. All of us are adults. If she chooses to become a junky, which I very highly doubt, that is on him or her. Nobody makes anybody binge on H.

Ok, lets see how many people I made mad now.

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  I say after the first life saving dose of narcan the user needs a time out in jail where they would be given a long acting opiate reversal implant.  Many are recieving anywhere from 2 -15 narcan hits.   

  what i find sad is listening to scanner traffic when a od happens and the police have nowhere to drop any children on scene.......how frightning for a child of any age...

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Couldn't agree more

Even though the consensus is beginning to switch to "this is a disease, not something they want to do", I whole heartedly agree with what you said. I have even suggested that, just like any other person who harms themselves and requires police, or ambulance, assistance, these people need to be treated as a threat to themselves and spend 72 hours under the watchful eye of trained medical staff.

Naloxone is not the answer. It's simply a safety net for those who want to push their limits and see how h igh they can get. These people need to be placed in a sober living community and learn to live without the H, because sooner or later, it will bury them.