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Narcs with Narcan? – PA Gov. Wants Police to Carry More Life-Saving Drugs

Narcs with Narcan? – PA Gov. Wants Police to Carry More Life-Saving Drugs

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is requesting $10m in his upcoming budget request for Narcan, and antidote for opium-related overdoses (mainly heroin overdoses). For a couple years now, PA (as well as other states) have been giving these overdose-combating substances to police officers, so that they can be used at a moment’s notice if the officer gets called to a heroin overdose – something that has been happening more and more. Since police officers have started carrying Narcan (which is a brand name of naloxone), PA authorities claim that more than 2,300 lives have been saved.

Governor Wolf says that PA “will be merciless when it comes to the drug dealers – and we are, but we’ll be compassionate when it comes to those who are battling the disease of addiction.”

There’s a wide spectrum for how people feel about this, as it calls upon the fundamental question of how responsible government should be for the health of individuals; but the general trend in the criminal justice world lately has been to treat addicts more like people who need help, not people who should be punished.

What do you think?


2 Comments - Leave a Comment
  • tameka -

    Great article, I enjoyed reading your post on narcan. As a recovering addict, I know how helpful the drug can be, however, I do know that there are some people who are against it as it can be dangerous. I’ve been doing research on narcan addiction treatments and the pros and cons of this type of treatment.

    Should anyone else be interested to see how this would help others here’s the page I looked at https://oceanbreezerecovery.org/blog/treating-heroin-overdose-using-narcan/

    Hopefully, this information can assist someone (friends and families) in choosing the best recovery treatments.

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