One Ohio Politician Has A Simple Solution To The Overdose Problem: Let Addicts Die

Tyler Durden's picture

Across the country, opioids killed more than 33,000 people in 2015, more than any year on record, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As we have noted numerous times, the epidemic is ravaging populations across racial and socioeconomic lines, according to The Post's Joel Achenbach and Dan Keating. Spurred by overdoses, the death rate for Americans rose 8 percent between 2010 and 2015.

And Ohio and other Rust Belt states are at the center of the epidemic. Opioid-related deaths in Ohio jumped from 296 in 2003 to 2,590 in 2015 — a 775 percent jump, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

There's also an economic toll: One study estimated that the cost of the prescription drug opioid epidemic costs American society $78.5 billion.

And one Ohio city council member has a solution...

As The Washington Post reports, under a new plan, people who dial 911 seeking help for someone who's overdosing on opioids may start hearing something new from dispatchers: “No.”

In response to the opioid epidemic that swept the nation — including the small city of Middletown, population 50,000 — council member Dan Picard has floated an idea that has been called more of “a cry of frustration” than a legitimate solution.

 

At a council meeting last week, Picard proposed a three-strikes-style policy for people who repeatedly overdose: Too many overdoses and authorities wouldn't send an ambulance to resuscitate them.

 

Picard told The Washington Post that he sympathizes with anyone who has lost someone to drug abuse, but said that responding to an ever-increasing number of overdose calls threatens to bleed his city dry.

 

“It’s not a proposal to solve the drug problem,” Picard said this week. “My proposal is in regard to the financial survivability of our city. If we’re spending $2 million this year and $4 million next year and $6 million after that, we’re in trouble. We’re going to have to start laying off. We're going to have to raise taxes.”

The proposal also calls for the city to create a database of overdose victims who paramedics have responded to.

“We'll have that list and when we get a call, the dispatcher will ask who is the person who has overdosed,” Picard said.

 

“And if it's someone who has already been provided services twice, we'll advise them that we're not going to provide further services — and we will not send out an ambulance.”

Solutions, Picard told The Post, require out-of-the-box thinking.

Still, he said he has received dozens of angry emails, phone calls and Facebook messages as news of his proposal spread.

But he said his worst critics don't understand how bad the heroin problem has gotten in his community — with no sign of abating.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
Mr. Universe's picture

Who put the government in charge of having a 911 for us to pay for anyways?

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

Whoa... Problem solved.

But we can't POSSIBLY be responsible for our own lives, now, can we?

"Please smart government person, save me, save me with other people's money."

Killtruck's picture

This guy has the right idea. 

Legalize freedom! Let the consequences shape the future! 

Unreliable Narrator's picture

Accepting consequences for your own actions?  The horror!

Manthong's picture

 

Gee, I wonder what was so different about 2003 when the opioid deaths were so low?

Could it possibly be that there was almost no poppy trade in Afghanistan before the US liberated the poppy farmers from the Taliban?

Nah… that could not possibly be the case.

Afghanistan: The Making of a Narco State

 

Well, I guess the good news is that powder cocaine now is as cheap as crack was back then.

 

ne-tiger's picture

I agree with GGOMA crowd here: legalize everything, get government out my ass!

remain calm's picture

The Bush family wants us to keep them alive. REPEAT CUSTOMERS, if they die revenue stream goes away.

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

Lets fix the drug problem and the healthcare problem in one fell swoop.  Create safe zones for people to get any drug they wish to have.  They have to live in that safe zone, so all the druggies can live together.  They can then partake of any drug they wish.  There won't be any medical services offered however.  And when you die, you die.  At least you died having "fun".   The rest of society won't have to put up with their bullshit then.  No druggies calling in sick to work.  No druggies robbing people.  No druggies killing innocent people on the roads.  Win/Win.

Samual Adams's picture

This is John Beohner's Home county, Butler.    Also I grew near there. Middletown and the neigboring County, Hamilton is set to have the highest Opiod Overdoses for the entire Country.   The town is a shit hole has been for decades.  The City commisioners and planners are all corrupt and complete idiots have been for 30+ years.   Used to be  home of Armco Steel, later renamed AK steel.  Highly affected by GM plant closures in the early 2000's. Very good case study of the midwest shitty plight.

Golden Showers's picture

Yeah, no shit. I grew up in Franklin and went to school in Hamilton and I have fond memories of going through Middletown. Might as well be mediocre town. Lower case. Thing is, I think the city guy is onto something. Three strikes for drug addicts, why not three strikes for old people? Three strikes for fat people. Better yet, why don't they just give coupons for ambulance rides and make it like the old Food Stamps to sell or trade? Where do you draw the line?

Perhaps if they freed drugs, taxed them, controlled the quality, brought down the cost, there would be fewer fatalities, less crime, and fewer calls to the ambulance that taxpayers have to foot. But that wouldn't be profitable for the Bush, Clinton, Queen, PTB crime syndicates or the "deep dish pizza state" or all those crooks and murderers. The octopus doesn't give a shit about Middletown budgets. They just want their cash. I mean let's not forget the long history of the opium trades in East Asia, facilitating the black nobility, carried out by HMS armadas. Same old shit today.

Middletown, Dayton, Cincinnati, Columbus, all gone to SHIT. I could care less if 10,000 died a year from overdosing. The more the better. Fuck, have you been through Xenia?

Fish Gone Bad's picture

It should be against the law to FIX STUPID.  If you leave it alone.... it fixes itself.

N2OJoe's picture

Ha that's an excellent idea Beam Me Up Scotty. We could even offer free bus rides to, but not out of the place!

Also, I thought overpopulation was a big worry of TPTB? So why are drug deaths(basically suicide) a problem?

knukles's picture

They save overdoses while murdering children and selling their body parts at Planned Parenthood.

kommissar's picture

FULL MARKS!!  thought of the day.  that's very nearly profound.

playit's picture

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do... www.jobproplan.com

Mark777's picture

Naloxone (Narcan) used to cost around $600 or so for one injector dose.  I've read where it is now $2ooo to $4000 per dose.  Now with higher demand, some drug users needing 3, 4 or even more doses to neutralize the fentanyl or carfentanyl, no wonder the municipalities are facing immense rising costs.  Some places they're even handing out the doses to the addicts or friends.  There have been reports of addicts needing Narcan, recovering and then overdosing again the same day.

How can Society handle the added costs, for the same person repeatedly?

Hmm, Illinois has links stating they will provide nalozone for $20 to $40.  Who pays the difference?
http://www.stopoverdoseil.org/assets/naloxone-fact-sheet.pdf

chiaroscuro's picture

I looked up the price of Naloxone at local pharmacies in my area and it looks like it's around $20 (with a discount or online coupon at Goodrx.com). Naloxone should be made available over the counter so friends/ family members of opiod addicts can administer treatment themselves. 

August's picture

If Narcan actually is being billed at $2000 per dose, it's only because the purchasers are chiefly public hospitals/ERs which are relatively insensitive to drug prices.

Narcan, which has been around for 50-plus years, used to cost less than $2 per dose.

Is this a great country, or what? (particularly if you're in the pharma industry)

Anon2017's picture

Reminds me of Ross Perot and his giant sucking sound of jobs leaving the US during the 1992 campaign. I don't think even he could have predicted the resulting Opioid epidemic.  

Tijuana Donkey Show's picture

The opiod epidemic is not predicted, it's prescripted. The medical industrial complex is the gateway drug to drugs. 

Elvis is Alive's picture

This may be the dumbest comment I have ever read. I just can't believe how government skirts its own responsibility including this pol. 

Who approved oxycontin? Federal government/FDA

Who gets blamed for deaths from oxycontin? Corporation/private business people. 

Who sets quota for how many pain pills can be sold in USA per year? DEA/Federal government. 

Who gets blamed for there being "too many" pain pills prescribed? Doctors. 

Who came up with limiting supply solution to save America from opioid deaths? Government and started raiding "pill mills" as a result. 

Why is limited supply argument applied to pain pills and not Afghan heroin? Because government/CIA makes money off of heroin and not from pain pills. 

Who is responsible for decine in pain pill usage and rise in heroin/fentanyl? Government. 

Who is responsible for surge in opioid overdoses then? Government by cracking down on regulated, safe medicine versus unsafe God knows what is in it "heroin". 

Government approved oxycontin, approved of lawsuits against company making Oxycontin, apporves how many pain pills are so by the year, approved of cracking down on pain pills, approved of explosion of heroin supply, apporved of the number of pain pills being sold each year and now when the bill comes for the mess you people in government created, what do you say?

Sorry assholes, I meant citizens, you are on your own. It's not our fault this happened. It's yours. Take some personal responsibility. 

Two words for this politican: Fuck You! 

Xena fobe's picture

Illogical comment.  Probably 90% of Americans have taken prescribed opiates.  How many of them became addicts?   Far less than 1%  And those people would have obtained opiates to abuse regardless. 

kommissar's picture

totally!  i've got bottles of them i haven't disposed of for years.  i really should.  i do NOT do well on opioids.  i've had 2 major surgeries and wanted the fuck off of those things even before it was advisable.  after a triple bypass, i stopped a week later, because i couldn't eat anything, (gi tract shut down), legs were swollen from fluid retention, and just generally felt shitty.  i felt like i'd been hit by a truck for a few days, but that was easier to get over.  

 

when you need them, you really need them, but otherwise, better without.  there's got to be a better way. 

Fish Gone Bad's picture

Think of how many people the illegal drug trade employs.  From growers to pickers to processors, to smugglers, big dealers, little dealers, paramedics, police, jailers, probation officers, lawyers, politicians, etc.  A lot of people make their livings off of the drug trade, either directly, or indirectly.  Where there is money to be made, there are votes to win.

Narcotics will NEVER be legal.  There is just too much money to be made jailing criminals.

Tijuana Donkey Show's picture

Corruption? Is that why they renamed 129? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_A._Fox

Totally corrupt. Hamiliton and Fairfield are both in the same boat. Middletown is the zit on the taint of 75 between Dayton and Cincinnati. Pretty area if you can dodge the people...

Bitchin Bear's picture

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance set in Middletown Ohio.

markovchainey's picture

Jeebus, or we could just live in a free country where we're allowed to buy any substance we want and do with our bodies what we want.  Shocking concept.  And then police could actually worry about real crimes instead of morality crimes. 

Yog Soggoth's picture

Two guys I know got hooked while just kids with broken arms.  The doctor gave them oxycontins. That is what they prescribe for any minor pain nowadays. They tried to give them to me and many other family members, but we refused. One of them od, and passed away on fentynol. The drug dealer thought he was going to turn states evidence on him so he gave him a bad dose. Did not matter to him because it was just another white cracker, even though he was jewish. If we do not get rid of the source it will be the undoing of the country by the very fabric of society. Doctors should be held accountable for hooking kids too.  "Masterpiece INTL, a Manhattan-based cargo shipping service specializing in fine art. While that’s not exceptional in itself, information on the Masterpiece website proves that (1) there is proof that the works of art can bypass security, and (2) that they also permit the shipping of “perishables”.

Xena fobe's picture

Personal responsibility.   One guy's case is not statistically signifigant. Billions of patients who took opiates and did not abuse them is statistically signifigant.

Gen. Ripper's picture

You racist! Why can't we throw in newports, colt 45's, blunts, purple drank, some rap music and guns.

Hobbleknee's picture

Don't forget, alcohol is a drug too.

Tijuana Donkey Show's picture

The stuff on the street comes from bootleg labs in Asia. Ironicly, my dog had one of these for his ACL surgery. Little dude was high as fuck for a week. 

sschu's picture

Fentanyl is legal?

Not sure about that.  Check this out from Wiki:

Fentanyl (also known as fentanil) is a potent, synthetic opioid pain medication with a rapid onset and short duration of action. It is a potent agonist of ?-opioid receptors in the brain. Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, but some fentanyl analogues, which are designed to mimic the pharmacological effects of the original drug, may be as much as 10,000 times more potent than morphine

sschu

oddjob's picture

Its legal for corporations to produce and sell for a profit.

Abbie Normal's picture

Of course it's legal -- it's just not over the counter.

343 Guilty Spark's picture

I agree but would add that citizens should legally be allowed to kill drug dealers that deal to kids. Stops the epidemic on the younger generation and allows parents to actually be able to enforce their parenting.

markovchainey's picture

Or take some personal responsibility and raise your brats so they don't use/abuse drugs*.  Stop breeders inflicting their children on the rest of us. 

*Personally I don't care if anyone uses drugs, but if they try to steal or hurt me and mine I've got a quick solution for that little problem.

Tijuana Donkey Show's picture

The danger is that most of these people start after some type of contact with the medical system. You leave the Dr with a bottle of 30+ painkillers, and instructions to "use." Most people are not taught to be mistrustful of Dr's. They pop the pills, and ZOOOOM, it's all over. 

insanelysane's picture

My dentist gave me a prescription after some major work.  I threw it away and took some aspirin.  Society is being taught that they should never experience any amount of pain.  My parents never went to that school and my kids have been kept out of that school.  Yeah it hurts for a couple of days and then you start feeling better.

Xena fobe's picture

Chronic pain is incapacitating.  Thanks to opiates, pain sufferers lead productive lives.   Better to have someone work and support himself than go on disability. 

Vilfredo Pareto's picture

Bullshit.  At least half of the deaths are illegal narcotics.

Bemused Observer's picture

Oh please...I know plenty of people who never use all of their pain meds after an injury and don't seem to have any problems just leaving them alone when they're done needing them. And no one leaves a doctors office with a bottle of 30 pills and instructions to 'use'...they get a prescription, with very specific directions re: dose, timing. When they fill that script, the pharmacy will also include a printout of info about that med, and instruction. Most people have enough common sense to get through such an episode without going off the rails.

And those stats about how all addicts start with this or that is nonsense. How do you know how far back to go? How do you determine what common event was the 'genesis' event if you stop at the first thing you find? You don't know if they 'start' after contact with the medical system...all you can say for sure is that they all had contact with the medical system at some point before becoming addicted. Great...I'll bet if we checked, we'd find they all wore shoes, ate sugared cereals as a kid, recieved oral polio vaccine, and were exposed to sunlight as children and have at least one metallic filling in a molar.

DPLETTENBERG's picture

Legalization would eliminate the deaths from overdoses as as the doses would be controled. 

Problem solved.

BeansMcGreens's picture

You going to give them the drugs free, offer them a place to live free, free food, free spending money, free tv, everything free because drug addicts are worthless as far as having any responsiblility goes. You have to give them everything or else they will steal it. Got some nephews that are meth heads, and not worth a shit, except getting girls pregnant.

DPLETTENBERG's picture

My son is a heroin adict. He started when he was 17 and turns 43 next week. He has gone through jail and every rehab out there.  He will get a good job but it only lasts a few months and he is back into heroin. He has been going to a clinic for about a year now getting some kind of medication which prevents him from wanting heroin. If he does take any he will get deathly ill. 

This has enabled him to get and keep a job for the longest time ever and he is present for his daughter

I will go down with him when he gets his "medicine" and you would be amazed at the people going in. You are right. A lot of scumbags but also suits in BMW's and young moms with kids in mini vans. None of these people want to be addicts

The war on drugs does work and, in most cases, the addiction is for life. At least having these clincs removes the association with crime and prevents the OD's. After 25 years of this of this I'm pretty happy getting that.

 

 

kareninca's picture

I wish your son success.  He is lucky to have your support.

kommissar's picture

some heroin addicts are very productive.  until they aren't.  there is a very famous tunnel near where i live that was designed and built by a heroin addict.  hundreds of thousands of commuters drive through it daily.  when he had a steady, reliable dose, he was very productive.  he bought 2 houses.  left one of them to his long time girfriend when he finally accidentally overdosed.  drugs can be tricky even if you know what you're doing.

BuckeyeDoug's picture

Manthong - I don't think that is the origin of the problem.  In Ohio they cracked down on pill mills, which created a huge vacuum in demand.  Most of the heroin and fentanyl now comes from Mexico. not Afganistan.

Yog Soggoth's picture

Poppies only grow in the golden triangle. They are just shipping it through Mexico as one of the many routes.