Seems we have a proposal in Middletown to limit the use of Narcan. To bring anyone interested up to speed, Narcan is a drug used to save people who have overdosed on opiate drugs. The proposal is to implement a 3 strike system for people who are basically revived with Narcan. To expand this basically means if you or someone you know has overdosed on heroine or any opiate (again) that you will be left to die if this happens to you more than 3 times.
Rather than simply push this idea away I decided to take a closer look at it since I am a recovering addict myself. This is not so out of my realm to see where it's coming from but there needs to be a compromise. Allow me to lay it out for you. This proposal (not legislation) would require anyone who needed the Narcan program more than once to do community service worth the price of the second use/response. Of course this includes the fee for the medical responders if that is required. Honestly, no facility with these drugs will report their use if this is the type of opposition it creates. I do have these life saving drugs at the job I work at and we don't have an infinite supply so I get the desire to not waste them. You are basically asking liberal folks to give up. Social work does seem to be a mostly liberal occupation, but that's not the point!
A habitual heroine user will eventually kill themselves at an early age. That's just what happens when you get too comfortable in the little ball you have created for yourself. I still don't think it is right to just cut people off at 3 strikes without offering something as a last chance, so here is my proposal to make something like this actually work:
Once a person has hit 3 strikes give them an option to go to inpatient rehab and complete the program or go to jail. I definitely needed to get that one final shove to beat my drug addiction. To be honest I planned on going back to the drugs I loved so much after completing a court mandated rehab, but at some point I realized I had a real shot at a "normal" life. I was able to realize my life was better without the crutches I have always leaned on.
I simply could not agree with something like this normally but the do or die mentality makes sense. When it comes to hardcore drug addiction it really is do or die. Rehab is expensive, but I would like to see programs that enable people like this to get expedited funding for treatment (since they are high risk) rather than just leave them to die.
My proposal is this: try out the 3 strike rule but only as long as a last resort is offered and paid for. If they can't complete the program then it's time for a bit of jail. Here is the trick though, After a few days in jail a person has detoxed and they can begin thinking outside of the scope they once had. Would you say it is right to offer one more chance at rehab at that point? This offer would be funded of course... Would you rather pay taxes towards incarceration or rehabilitation when it comes to drug offenses? That one is easy for me. Rehab actually teaches new skills where imprisonment can actually teach worse ones. If all that fails they can be on their own as they clearly want to be.
Can't force the horse to drink and all that....