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.

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Tom_Pain's picture

Hey kid!  Wanna try some government services?  I'll let you have the first hit for free!

Implied Violins's picture

I have a simple solution for the politician problem...

chunga's picture

At the very minimum I'd make every politician and gov worker take a mandatory piss test tomorrow morning without fail. Not doing so = refusal. Failing = you're fired. No pension no nothing. Just like everybody else.

drendebe10's picture

I vote sht fukn yes. Fukemall

Salsa Verde's picture

When in doubt, let Darwin sort it out.

COSTA.RICA.RIC's picture


MaxThrust's picture

Taking drugs is a personal choice. Sure there are mitigating circumstances why people take drugs but "at the end of the day" it comes down to choice and the freedom to make that choice. Just like suicide.

SmackDaddy's picture

Anyone been to Middletown?  This guy def has the right idea.  Although I think shooting them when they break into my car would be a little more sporting....

Everyone has choices in life to make.  Fucking junkies.

Let the opiates cull the ranks of weak whites.  It will make us stronger for the ultimate showdown with Der Ewige Jude and their third world savage foot soldiers.

Bunghole's picture

We call it Middletucky.

A fine mix of Appalachian white trash and Dindus.

I have a crew working at AK Steel this afternoon

Mustafa Kemal's picture

Middletown Ohio is where J.D. Vance's book Hillbilly Elegy takes places.

Good book

Squid Viscous's picture

I like thus guy, Trump should make him the national Drug "Czar"

shimmy's picture

Nothing wrong with that. If someone keeps ODing then wtf should emergency dispatchers keep dealing with them? These junkies are clearly showing they don't have any real desire to stay alive so let them die. 

chrsn's picture

Some ideas are so good that you KNOW they'll never be implemented

1stepcloser's picture

Can't let them die, who will buy all that CIA provided Afghan smack

Jethro's picture

Hmmmm, if we let addicts die, wouldn't that be like voting with our wallet?  I'm ok with that.

SilverRhino's picture

Send it to Europe.  Let them dope up their new immigrants.

JackMeOff's picture

Nothing wrong with this - the costs of treating addiction in this country costs the taxpayers more than 5% of our GDP.

Too-Big-to-Bail's picture

Drug addicts should be replaced with robots

Erek's picture

Robots on drugs? That's an interesting concept.

Dumpster Elite's picture

Let them fucking die already. I have relatives that have OD'ed numerous times. They've been given about 30 strikes. How many til "you're out"? They have to WANT to get help. They don't want to. They just want another dose of NARCAN, so they can spend tomorrow robbing someone, and getting high again tomorrow night, and getting another dose of NARCAN......... Look at someone who was dealt a bad hand in life, like someone with MS or MD...or someone who doesn't have any fucking legs because of an IED...and then look at these fucking losers...who should be getting the help?

Benito_Camela's picture had me until the IED stuff. Fuck anyone whose legs were torn off by an IED because they were clearly too stupid not to enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces, aka corporate mobster muscle, and go overseas to invade sovereign countries with whom we should have absolutely zero beef. 

Fuck if I'm going to pay for some asshole's leg if he or she voluntarily went over there. 

Benito_Camela's picture

Fuck you, warmonger. Enjoy your karma. I'm sure the maimed and dead Iraqis would relish seeing you limping around on a stump.  

Benito_Camela's picture

I see the neocon MIC contingent is out in full force today. Pussies. Try getting real jobs in the real world. I have zero sympathy for paid corporate, Israel or petrodollar mercenaries who get their limbs shot off during an illegal invasion or secret intervention. Fuck off and die already. 

_triplesix_'s picture

Disagreeing with an asshole makes us MIC necons?

Guilty as charged, I guess...

Spine of Ruprecht's picture

It ain't that simple, friend.  The military wouldn't have me.  I was too beat up to even join.

CaptainObvious's picture

A friend of mine is a cop in a midsize, very violent, very drug addicted city.  He had to rescue the same fucking dope addict twice with Narcan in one night.

This politician has the right idea.  Let 'em all die, and no more fucking public money for rehab.  Long live personal responsibility.

vealparm's picture

Anyone who is so stupid that they inject drugs into their veins, smoke or snort unknown shit or swallow unkown shit pills in order to get high or "escape" their crappy life........should be allowed to escape right into the after life.

White Knight's picture

This is a decent idea. But let's double down, I say. Imitate another leader who had the right idea of blowing away drug dealers on sight. Offer a reward for tips on their whereabouts... and if they are found with a bunch of drugs on them (among other evidence), they get ventilated on scene.

Benito_Camela's picture

Better yet, end the war on (some) drugs and the accompanying big pharma and DEA jobs programs and re-invest the money saved there and in letting non-violent drug offenders out of prison into treatment and education AND on enforcing laws against big opioid mfgs that flood cities and states with way more pills than anyone could ever consume for legit purposes. 

csmith's picture

You make your decisions, and your decisions make you.

Benito_Camela's picture

That sounds like Hillary Clinton's platform. No wonder she lost in Ohio and the "rust belt". 

cesarsp_us's picture

It's like asshole city @ zero hedge

gilhgvc's picture

well....takes one to know one. My brother died from drug abuse....and I AGREE WITH THIS POLITICIAN

CaptainObvious's picture

+100 I used to have three drug addict relatives.  All three stole anything from the family that they could to fund their habits.  Two are rotting in prison and one is dead.  They should all be dead.

bobdog54's picture

Actually, I think it's stark reality city....

It's ALL about personal responsibility.

Benito_Camela's picture

Gee I dunno, maybe fine the big pharma firms who are flooding these states and towns with opioids out of business? Instead we have the DEA cracking down on regular Joes whose jobs went away due to NAFTA, China and automation that allowed their (unnecessary) pain med script lead them into heroin addiction. 

If we're talkign about meth, the DEA is also partly to blame since they helped the Sinaloa Cartel down in Mejeeeco defeat all their rivals and now they've shifted away from weed (which is being legalized) to meth and heroin. 

Nonetheless, the U.S. government is undoubtedly behind ANY massive drug epidemic and they and the corporations should be the ones allowed to die, not average Americans. 

Xena fobe's picture

Lots of reasons to hate big pharma but this isn't one of them.  Opiates are not money makers for pharmas.  Most people buy generic anyway.

ZeroBeek's picture

This high death rate is

proof that the USA is degenerating. 

Apocalicious's picture

But that has a natural limit, if we just let all the degenerates die. Than we'll regenerate. Circle of life thingy...

peippe's picture

not how I see it.

the drug(s) these days just act faster on the stupids, 

back in the day, it took decades to destroy yourself with drink or smoke, 

if you didn't wrap your Oldsmobile around a tree or take out others 'driving towards the light'.

These days the destruction is accelerated & I for one welcome it, the douches are stealing my clean breathable air & I want it back godfuckingdammit.

We all choose our fate.

montresor's picture

This guy Picard has a bright political future

HRH Feant2's picture

Sounds like a good idea to me!

Did anyone happen to catch the Sunday news show that showed how drug rehab has been taken over in some areas of the country (namely Palm Beach) and addicts are being farmed for their insurance benefits? Until said addict, dies, of course. Word is the rehab houses are keeping them as addicts so they can milk the insurance bennies. You can't make this shit up!

Horse Pizzle's picture

Good start.  Free opioids would help.