Republican cruelty knows no bounds.
Middletown, Ohio is considering allowing repeat overdose victims to die rather than responding to their 911 calls for help.
Last year, there were 532 overdoses in Middletown. But in just the first six months of this year, the number has already soared to 577. So far this year, there have been 51 deaths due to overdoses. There were 74 in all of last year.
So city council members are frustrated. But rather than addressing the massive drug addiction problem in their city, they are talking about just throwing lives away.
Middletown City Council member Dan Picard thinks that the city needs to think outside the box. And now he’s asking if it’s possible to keep EMS from responding to emergency overdose calls.
Picard wants a “3 strikes and you’re out” policy.
“Picard suggested issuing a court summons to overdose victims and require them to complete community service to work off the cost of their emergency medical services call and a dose of the life-saving Narcan drug.
If they fail to do so following two overdoses, 911 dispatchers could refuse to send help on their third call.”
Middletown is on pace to spend $100,000 on Narcan this year. But they have only budgeted $10,000 for the entire year.
Picard told Journal-News,
“John Smith obviously doesn’t care much about his life, but he’s expending a lot of resources and we can’t afford it.”
“I want to send a message to the world that you don’t want to come to Middletown to overdose because someone might not come with Narcan and save your life,” Picard said. “We need to put a fear about overdosing in Middletown.”
“We’ve got to do what we’ve got to do to maintain our financial security, and this is just costing us too much money.”
Choices (Cognitive Healthcare Opportunities In Constructive Environmental Settings) is a treatment center in the city for opioid dependency. Choices regional director Robert Haley said about Picard’s proposal,
“Since when does a city start endorsing death and since when does a city develop a measure that would knowingly result in death?”
Middletown city manager is refusing to weigh in on the proposal until it can be reviewed by the city’s legal department.